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Young Disabled People raise concerns with Children’s Commissioner, 19/10/10 [W]

On Tuesday 19th October, members of the Children in Wales ‘Together 4 Rights’ group will meet with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales in Swansea.   Together 4 Rights is a network of young disabled people from across Wales which has been part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government.  At the event young disabled people from Pembrokeshire, Blaenau Gwent and Swansea will be able to tell the Children’s Commissioner about the issues that are important to them.  They will be joined via video phone by young disabled people from Gwynedd who will also be able to raise their concerns with the Commissioner.

Lianne Cole, a young person from Pembrokeshire said:  ‘I think it’s really important that we have the chance to tell the Commissioner what we think about things.  I want to tell him about the lack of opportunities in my area for young disabled people to go out with friends and find out what the Children’s Commissioner can do to help.’  

Lynne Hill, Policy Director at Children in Wales said, Young disabled people face many barriers in their day to day lives. The ‘Together 4 Rights’ group aims to give young disabled people from across Wales opportunities to understand their rights  and have a voice in decisions affecting them and their peers. We are delighted to be here today and the ‘Together 4 Rights’ Group looks forward to developing a strong link with the Children’s Commissioner to ensure that issues affecting disabled children and young people are at the top of his agenda.’

As well as quizzing the Children’s Commissioner on important issues the young people in north Wales and south Wales will have an opportunity to get to know each other through participating in fun and interactive games; and to explore the Children’s Commissioner’s website and the ‘Together 4 Rights’ website which is currently under development.

Some of the young people participating in the event will help produce a news article based on their experiences of the day which will be distributed to their local media.

Reach the Heights

Children in Wales is delivering this work through the Reach the Heights project, which supports young disabled people to gain skills for learning and employment and is being delivered using European Structural Funds through the Welsh Assembly Government.  The main aim is to work with young disabled people aged 11 – 19 across West Wales and the Valleys to help them build a brighter future and prevent them from becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

Notes

1. ‘The Together 4 Rights’ Group co-ordinated by Children in Wales was previously called the ‘Young Disabled Person’s Network.’

2.      Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. www.childreninwales.org.uk . Children in Wales was established in March 1992 and became a registered charity in 1993.  It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.  We work closely with our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young children, those affected by family instability, children with special needs or disabilities, and those suffering the effects of poverty and deprivation.  We collect and disseminate information about children and promote good practice in children’s services through research, policy and practice development, publications, conferences, seminars, training and access to an extensive library and information service.  Children in Wales has offices in Cardiff and Caernarfon.

3.      For further information regarding this press release contact: Andrea Storer, Co-ordinator, Together 4 Rights, (South Wales), E-mail: andrea.storer@childreninwales.org.uk  Tel: 029 2034 2434, Mobile: 07986164834  Children in Wales, 25 Windsor Place, Cardiff

Or Sion Edwards, Co-ordinator, Together 4 Rights, (North Wales), E-mail: sion.edwards@childreninwales.org.uk Tel: 029 20342434, Unit 2, Victoria Dock, Balaclafa Road, Caernarfon, LL55 1TH