Posted: Mon 24th Oct 2016

Caerphilly’s Youth Forum Conference Focuses On Priority Issue /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016

77 young people attended the Youth Forum Conference on Monday 17th October to discuss the Youth Forum’s priority issues for the forthcoming year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Young people from schools, youth clubs, youth projects and voluntary organisations visited Maes Manor to take part in the conference which was opened by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Dr Sally Holland. A number of other delegates were also in attendance including Councillors from Caerphilly County Borough, Council Officers and Cllr Mike Prew, Youth Champion. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During the conference, the young people in attendance voted for 5 priority issues which will be the Youth Forum’s main focus during the forthcoming year. The issues are as follows: – ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Safer Caerphilly – Car safety
  • Healthier Caerphilly – Mental health
  • Greener Caerphilly – Adventurous outdoor play
  • Prosperous Caerphilly – Transport
  • Learning Caerphilly – First aid education in schools

These issues will now be open to a borough wide online vote to give all young people in the borough the opportunity to pick a priority issue for the Youth Forum to address during the next year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To complete the online survey, please visit ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Mike Prew, Young People’s Champion said: “The Youth Forum have selected 5 fantastic priority issues which will now be voted on by young people during a public consultation. I look forward to seeing the fantastic results that the Youth Forum produces in relation to their priority issue”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Derek Havard, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “I am delighted that the Youth Forum has chosen such prominent issues on which to vote for their priority issue for the forthcoming year. I have no doubt that they will put as much effort into tackling their selected priority for the forthcoming year as they have done in previous years”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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