Rhyl City Strategy was originally established in 2007 as part of the Department for Work and Pensions ‘Cities Strategy’ programme, which was set up in the 15 most disadvantaged areas of the UK to test a localised approach to tackling worklessness. In 2008, we formed a Community Interest Company so that we would be able to continue our work after the end of the Cities Strategy programme in 2011.
Our Board of Directors is made up of key representatives from the business, voluntary, statutory and community sectors, all of whom are committed to shared aims of helping people fulfil their potential through work.
RCS operates across North Wales, developing and delivering innovative and effective employability solutions, particularly for those who face complex and multiple barriers to employment. We seek external sources of income and grant funding to maintain our operations and meet our aims.
RCS has achieved recognition for our work through a number of prestigious awards. In 2015, we were one of 17 finalists in the European Union’s Regiostars Awards, which honour Europe’s most inspirational and innovative regional projects. In 2014 we won the NIACE Cymru’s ‘Learning in the Workplace’ Award, and in 2013, we received Chwarae Teg’s Exemplar Employer award.
We were the first organisation in Wales to receive a Public Health Wales Gold Small Workplace Health Award.