On October 26, a meeting was held at the Council Chamber in Penmorfa, Aberaeron, to welcome new members to Ceredigion County Council’s Youth Council; three years on from when it was first established.

The Youth Council consists of young people from every secondary school in the county, in addition to representatives from local young people’s forums including Ceredigion Youth Service, The Urdd, Young Farmers Club, Coleg Ceredigion and Ceredigion Actif.

Gwion Bowen, Ceredigion Youth Service Officer welcomed members and talked about the role of the Youth Council and the supporting role of the Council.

Also, during the meeting the new Hywel Dda Schools In-Reach project was presented, and a workshop on Ceredigion’s new Children and Young People’s Participation Strategy.

Thomas Evans, Ceredigion Youth Service Forum member and a member of this year’s Ceredigion Youth Council said, “I am really pleased to be a part of the Youth Council this year, and to have the opportunity to represent the voices of young people across Ceredigion. I think it’s really important that young people have a platform to share their thoughts and ideas with the County Council.”

The next meeting will see the Youth Council elect a new Member of Youth Parliament for 2019 and their new Vice Chair, who will work alongside existing Chair and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig pupil, Beca Williams.

Cabinet Member for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning & Leisure, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “The Youth Council is an opportunity for young people to raise their concerns, share their opinions, discuss current projects, activities and events led by Ceredigion County Council and provide feedback on them. They have some great ideas and we can learn a great deal from them!”

The Youth Council meets four times a year in the Council Chamber in Penmorfa, Aberaeron. The next meeting will be held on Friday 02 February 2019.