In 1928 applications for emigration numbered 139 of which 109 came from single persons and 30 from family units. Of these 50 single persons and 5 families were accepted. This was the acceptance rate for most years, with an increase as the depression reached its climax.
A party of boys from Wales, under 17 years of age, were sent to Canada in 1929 under the care of Ernie King, the Secretary of the Aberaman YMCA Boys'
Club. In the same year George Davey relinquished his post as the Pontypridd YMCA, to take up an appointment as the representative of the Special Services Department in Wales.
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A party of boys from Wales, numbering 130, migrated to Canada under a scheme sponsored by the United Churches of Canada. Work was available for these boys almost from the day of their arrival in the new country. They were taken to their new homes in the care of a church leader. A three years’ after-care scheme was in operation which was applicable to boys of this party. Later a number of boys from Wales were invited by the Bristol Migration Committee to undertake a two year training course in agriculture at their Farm Training Centre outside Bristol, prior to emigrating to Canada.
When the Depression began to lift, George Davey was called to join the staff of Cyril Bavin in London.
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Another sphere of social service in which the Welsh National Council participated was the provision for and supervision of welfare work in
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of Labour Training Centres. A YMCA social worker, Tom Kennett of responsible for directing the activities at the YMCA Hut at Radnorshire. This work proceeded much on the lines of a Red Club with a programme of lectures, concerts, games and kindred
activities, together with the usual buffet. The service given was appreciated. A similar Centre was opened at Brechfa, Dyfed, but this was in operation for a short time only.
In order to facilitate the administration of an expanding movement, Advisory Committees were established in 1928 to co-ordinate activities of local Associations in North and South Wales respectively. Many Red Triangle Clubs had been established in rural areas and the new committees, sometimes inexperienced, required guidance from members of the Council staff.
In North Wales. Colwyn Bay was the meeting centre. Mr. Samuel Woods, a retired business man, was the committee's indefatigable honorary secretary. The eleven Centres in North Wales were widely scattered over the area and this presented difficulties in holding periodical meetings but an annual conference was well attended. Samuel Woods kept in touch with Local Associations by frequent visitations. He reported on his work to the Council and occasionally attended meetings in Cardiff. He gave excellent service during a difficult period.
The West Wales Area comprised the then three counties in South West Wales. Twelve of the Associations and Red Triangle Clubs in the area were within easy reach of Cardigan, where regular three-monthly meetings were held each year which were reasonably we11 attended. The chairman of the District Committee was Mr. T. P. Cook Davies, a member of the General Committee of