children of miners’ families.
Clothing was supplied to a large number of boys and young men who had found
employment in England.
422 families were adopted for Christmas,
provisions for each family
included food vouchers valued at ten shillings and a parcel of clothing. Young men, members of YMCAs in England, contributed £571., for relief work and forwarded 171 bales of clothing.
About 120 crates and bales of clothing were received in South Wales as the result of an appeal made by H.R.H. Princess Helena Victoria, who formerly had made a visit to the mining valleys.
In addition distributed.
Several of the worst hit communities were adopted by various YMCAs.
The greater part of the organisation, investigation and distribution was undertaken by the Women's Auxiliary Bureau. In addition, 23 sewing groups had been formed and thousands of garments made. The sum of £400., was raised and used to purchase material.
The Welsh National Council of YMCAs had every reason to feel proud and grateful for the sympathy, perseverance and energy displayed by all members of the Welsh National Auxiliary and its constituent Local Auxiliaries during the dark days of the industrial depression in South Wales.
Migration to the Dominions attracted masses of young Welsh Miners during the depression. For this purpose, a special department was opened by the National Council, London, with Major Cyril Bavin as Secretary.
Migration activities were developed through Local Associations to which notice board material was sent. Other means of publicity were also employed, especially in the Local Press. The Local Secretary was invited to co-operate and, when possible intending applicants were directed to him to be interviewed and given further information.
After local interviews and other formalities, suitable candidates were sent to London for additional interviews and arrangements were then made for successful candidates to travel to their destination in groups of about fifty. A YMCA Welfare Officer accompanied each group, which was met at its destination by a YMCA official, and frequently accommodated in a hostel until employment was assured.
The Welsh YMCA was not standing still while large numbers of young people were clamouring for employment. The Migration Department was successfully operating in Wales and credit for this was chiefly due to George Davey, the Secretary of the Pontypridd Association. Formerly, George Davey had been the secretary of the Ogmore Vale Workmen's Institute where he was much concerned about social amenities for young miners. With similar enthusiasm he was active in ensuring work for masses of unemployed boys and men. It was reported that during the years of depression in South Wales, hundreds of candidates for emigration were interviewed in Wales and over six hundred were prepared for emigration and sent overseas.