On 13 July 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council will take over the Council Chambers to host the first ever discussion session in Ceredigion, organised and led by Ceredigion Youth Council. The event will be an opportunity for Ceredigion Youth Council to ask questions, regarding issues which effect young people, to a panel of people who influence decisions on policies, young people; local and nationally.

Confirmed panel members include 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. The questions, presented to the panel by Ceredigion Youth Council members, will correspond with the ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot which takes place later this year and is part of the UK Youth Parliament.

Gwion Bowen, Children and Young People’s Participation Officer for Ceredigion Youth Service said, “It’s vitally important that young people are given a platform to have their voices heard and the opportunity to discuss issues and topics which affect them, with those who are the decision makers. Ceredigion Youth Service is very excited to support the Youth Council to host the first event of this kind in Ceredigion and we look forward to welcoming the panel to the Chamber in Aberaeron.”

Beca Williams, Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council said, “Ceredigion Youth Council are proud to take this opportunity to voice our opinions and concerns regarding our local and national communities. We have decided to invite a panel of professionals which represent and influence aspects of young people’s lives and our communities. We look forward to hosting the event and we are confident that it will be a big success with the hope of creating a future that is inclusive, supportive and inspires growth and prosperity!”

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Members’ Champion for Equalities said, “I’m proud that the Ceredigion Youth Council has organised such a positive and proactive event to ensure that the young people of Ceredigion are given the chance to have their say on matters that may affect them directly or indirectly. Ceredigion County Council is committed to ensuring that everyone within the county is treated with equal respect and that everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute in making Ceredigion a better place in which to live, work, study and play. The discussion session will be a great opportunity to ensure that the needs of the young people are addressed.”

Hosting the event will be Wil Rees, former Ceredigion Member of Youth Parliament, with Beca Williams, Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council and Heledd Evans, Vice-Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council opening and closing the event. Representatives from each Secondary School in Ceredigion in addition to Colleges and organisations within Ceredigion will be present in the audience.