On 13 July 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council took over the Council Chambers to host the first ever discussion session in Ceredigion, organised and led by Ceredigion Youth Council. The event was an opportunity for Ceredigion Youth Council 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; Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner and Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning. A number of questions were prepared and presented to the panel by members of Ceredigion Youth Council which focused on topics including Transport, the Welsh language, a Curriculum for Life, Support for LGBT+ Young People, Cyber Safety and Voting at 16. Representatives from each Secondary School, Coleg Ceredigion and Youth Organisations within Ceredigion were present in the audience.
Beca Williams, Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council said, “As Chair 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 mature and comprehensive discussions about diverse issues which affect young people in our county today. The presence of a large number of Ceredigion’s young people was a huge boost to the success of the event."
The Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “I was delighted to be on the panel and to discuss important points which affect young people in Ceredigion. The quality 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 Chair of Ceredigion County Council Youth Council, Beca Williams and hosted by former Ceredigion Member of Youth Parliament, Wil Jac Rees.