PLUGGED IN is more than just a music magazine – it’s also a unique learning experience. It can be a stepping stone for young people to get into work or higher education, developing their skills and confidence by helping to create a quarterly free magazine.
Young people from around Wales are trained in journalism, photography and graphic design. This gives them a platform to showcase their talents and build a portfolio to present to prospective colleges and employers.
The magazine is packed with features, interviews, reviews and high quality photographs of up-and-coming Welsh bands, and is distributed free throughout Wales. It was set up by husband and wife Darren Warner and Gail Griffiths.
16-25 year olds from the South Wales Valleys, Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, and across Wales have been helped by the project.
Darren Warner said: “Too many young people come here with no self-belief – we inspire them to aspire. Some come hunched up under their hoods. Then they discover what they can achieve and walk out with their heads held high.”
Stephen Lewis couldn’t find design work after college, so he drifted into labouring for builders. Then volunteering at PLUGGED IN changed his life. He became the main magazine designer, gained work at an ad agency, and now has his own design company, with prestigious clients.
Stephen said: “I wouldn’t have my own business if it weren’t for PLUGGED IN. Darren and Gail have an infectious work ethic, and their support made all the difference.”
PLUGGED IN was a finalist in the 2012 National Lottery Awards.