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Launch of Cymru Ifanc – Young Wales, 26/03/15 [W]

On 27 March 2015, Cymru Ifanc – Young Wales, a new project run by Children in Wales, will be launched with a day of activities for young people, followed by a meeting between the young people and Welsh Government representatives.

Cymru Ifanc – Young Wales is a new programme of participative work funded by the Welsh Government through the Children and Families Delivery Grant. This work will ensure that children and young people’s voices and views are heard on the issues that are important to them and affect them, and that their voices impact on decision making within the Welsh Government.

Cymru Ifanc – Young Wales has been preparing for the day through visits to local youth forums all over Wales to find out about their current work and their local and national concerns.  Issues that have been raised repeatedly include mental health, bullying and the quality of Personal and Social Education (PSE).

On Friday, young people from youth forums across Wales will meet to discuss these issues and decide on their six national priorities for the next year.

The day will conclude with a meeting between the group and representatives from the Welsh Government, where the young people will reveal their priorities and why each has been chosen.  The new Cymru Ifanc – Young Wales website, www.youngwales.wales, will also be launched.

Lynne Hill, Policy Director at Children in Wales, said: “The launch of Cymru ifanc Young Wales is the result of three month process of engaging with youth forums, and we’re looking forward to an lively and empowering day where the groups will work together to finalise their priorities and then present them to Welsh Government officials.  We’re excited to see what they decide.”

The day will be filmed, and a short video produced following the event.  This will be available online, and will be sent out to youth forums, youth organisations and schools.

Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive of Children in Wales said:

“It is crucial that Welsh Government Ministers know what the priorities of children and young people are when they make policy decisions that affect them. After all, children and young people are experts in their own lives and should be listened to.”

For more information contact Lynne Hill, Policy Director at lynne.hill@childreninwales.org.uk , or on 029 2034 2434.

Notes

  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales.  Our core aim is to contribute towards making the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) a reality in Wales.
  2. Young Wales is a partnership project.  Children in Wales is the lead partner with Voices from Care, Tros Gynnal Plant, Promo Cymru, Youth Friendly, Action for Children and Barnardo’s.
  3. Twelve issues were raised repeatedly with the local forums and will be discussed.  They are in full: Personal and Social Education; Mental health; Anti-Bullying; Transport; Substance misuse; Youth facilities; Children’s rights; Positive sexual health and relationships; Welsh language education; Domestic violence; Online safety; and Hate crime.