On 12 July 2019, Ceredigion Youth Council took over the Council Chambers to host a ‘question time’ event which they had organised and led. The event was an opportunity for them to ask questions regarding issues which affect young people, to a panel of influential decision-makers.
The panel members were Ben Lake MP; Sally Holland, Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Wales; Barry Rees, Corporate Director for Ceredigion County Council and Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health, Hywel Dda University Health Board. A number of questions were prepared and presented to the panel by members of Ceredigion Youth Council which focused on topics including mental health, transport, the Welsh language, plastic pollution, education and a curriculum for life.
Thomas Kendall, Ceredigion’s Member of Youth Parliament and Youth Council member said, “As a member of Ceredigion Youth Council, I was very pleased for the opportunity to discuss various topics with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable panel. It was a pleasure to be involved in interesting and positive discussions about diverse issues which affect young people in our county today.”
Barry Rees, Corporate Director for Ceredigion County Council said, “It was a pleasure to be invited to be on the panel to discuss important themes affecting young people in Ceredigion. The standard and maturity of the discussion was exceptional, which is very encouraging for the future of our county.”
The event was opened and closed by the Member of UK Youth Parliament for Ceredigion, Thomas Kendall and Deputy for Ceredigion, Huw Jones and hosted by former Ceredigion Member of Youth Parliament, Wil Jac Rees.