ON OCTOBER 28, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, met with over 30 young people from across Ceredigion at an event during half term. The visit took place in Aberaeron Rugby Club as a part of a broader afternoon of activities for young people of the county.
After lunch the Commissioner had the opportunity to see the work and exhibitions of local groups that support young people, showing local activities and discussed the issues that young people face. The Commissioner also found out more about the services that are available in Ceredigion.
A workshop was organised by the Children’s Commissioner to discuss bullying and wellbeing which was followed by a question and answer session.
The workshop is part of an ongoing project to find out about young people’s experiences of bullying and what they think can be done to tackle or prevent it. The Children’s Commissioner is currently gathering this data from schools, and also working with specific groups of young people.
The Commissioner said: “It’s been wonderful to meet children from all walks of life to listen to what is important to them. It’s interesting to hear that they share many concerns with children across Wales but also have concerns specific to Ceredigion.”
Films prepared by groups of young people were shown about subjects important to them. A film about bullying made by by Ser Saff – the Junior Local Safeguarding Board supported by Tros Gynnal – was played. Another short film called ‘Muddy Banks’ was played which showed the importance of local play resources for children which was filmed by RAY Ceredigion.
Councillor Hag Harris, the cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Children and Young People’s Partnership said: “It’s important to listen to our young people, so it’s good that the Commissioner has come to speak with the young people of the county; I’m sure the opportunity to question the Commissioner has been interesting for the young people.”
The Children and Young People Partnership – including Ceredigion County Council, RAY Ceredigion, Tros Gynnal & Action for Children Young Carer Support Service organised the afternoon of activities during half term.