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Snakes ‘N’ Ladders – The Other Pandemic

Snakes ‘N’ Ladders - The Other Pandemic is a project that aims to reach young people aged 11-25 in Merthyr Tydfil, whatever their background or life experiences. We are led by a panel of young people and supported by partner organisations, to find out what impacts upon young people’s mental health, wellbeing, and resilience; and to pilot informed approaches to target the top issues identified.

Working across Merthyr Tydfil County Borough, we have spent time during the listening phase of the project reaching out to young people 11-25 years of age in our communities and schools. We have formed a Youth Advisory Panel, to lead the project and work with a range of partners and organisations who support us. We have consulted with over 450 young people through focus groups, fun events, questionnaires and 1:1 consultations. We have gathered a large amount of data that will inform our work.

As a project led by young people, we want all their voices to be heard and their life experiences to be learned from. We want to improve resilience by improving relationships and building trust amongst peers and the wider community for a more hopeful future.

Our Partnership

We are funded by the Mind Our Future grant of The National Lottery Community Fund.

The following organisations have committed to working in partnership with the young people of the Snakes ‘N’ ladders project:

Contact Details


  • If you are between 11 and 25 years of age and want to get involved with the Snakes ‘N’ Ladders project, please contact the Project Co-ordinator listed below.
  • If you belong to an organisation working in Merthyr Tydfil, and you would like to explore avenues of co-production, please contact the Project Co-ordinator listed below.

Jan Watkins, Project Coordinator

Mobile: 07949 684130


Safer Merthyr Tydfil

89-90 Pontmorlais

Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9UH