ON 9 April 2019, Ceredigion Youth Council elected Thomas Kendall as the county’s new Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) who will represent Ceredigion in the UK Youth Parliament in 2019-2020, with Huw Jones elected as deputy member of Youth Parliament who will support Thomas.
Thomas Kendall, who currently studies at Coleg Ceredigion, Aberystwyth and Huw Jones, who is a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron but represents Ceredigion YFC, were elected by Ceredigion Youth Council to take over from current MYP, Esme Freeman, who’s term in office as MYP is coming to an end.
Thomas and Huw will embark on their new roles as MYP and deputy MYP in the coming months, and will undertake various activities which will lead up to the big debate in London in November 2019, where over 300 young people from across the UK will gather in the Houses of Commons Chamber, to take part in the annual UK Youth Parliament takeover debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
Thomas and Huw will both have the opportunity to work alongside Ceredigion Youth Service to deliver the Make your Mark Campaign in Ceredigion, a nationwide ballot which will determine the issues discussed in the House of Commons. In the past, these topics have included, accessible public transport for all, protecting the rights of LGBT+ people, votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all public elections and a curriculum to prepare us for life.
Elen James, Corporate Lead Officer for Lifelong Learning and Culture said, “It’s vitally important that young people are given a platform to raise their voice and opportunities to take part in the political process. The UK Youth Parliament is an opportunity for Westminster to hear young people raising the issues they care about most.”
“We are very proud of Thomas and Huw as Ceredigion’s new MYP and deputy MYP, and we wish them the best of luck for the forthcoming year at the preparation events, for Thomas in the big debate in the House of Commons and the campaigning process following the debate.”
Gwion Bowen, Children and Young People’s Participation Officer for Ceredigion Youth Service, said, “Every year, Ceredigion Youth Service work in partnership with Children in Wales to facilitate opportunities for young people from Ceredigion to have their say on various issues or topics that affect them.”
“We really look forward to welcoming Thomas and Huw as our new MYP and deputy MYP, and we look forward to supporting them in their new roles. We’re confident that Thomas and Huw are the ideal people for this role and we wish them all the best for the forthcoming year.”
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Ceredigion Youth Service’s Summer Activity Programme
THIS YEAR, Ceredigion Youth Service’s Summer Programme offers a wide range of activities over a period of four weeks during the summer holidays. There are 19 different projects, activities, workshops and events planned for young people aged 11-25 from across the county.
Activities this year focus on topics such as employability and upskilling, health and wellbeing, participation, sport and leisure and the environment. Young People will have the opportunity to develop new and existing skills including self-esteem, confidence, communication and problem-solving. They’ll all be held in fun environments where they’re able to meet new people, gain accreditation and participate in a range of activities.
Activities include a summer camp, an adventure residential stay, mountain biking, trips, taster workshops and more.
Gethin Jones is Ceredigion Youth Service’s Principal Youth Officer. He said: “The Summer Programme has been a big success for a number of years. It is of great importance to us that we continue to offer both targeted and open access opportunities for young people during school holidays, as well as term time so that support and engagement is available to young people throughout the year.
“The program offers a range of fantastic opportunities for young people from all across the county to get involved with, providing them with valuable opportunities and experiences that educate, build skills and develop confidence and esteem.”
Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning & Leisure. She said: “The Ceredigion Youth Service is providing a quality service which is clearly beneficial to our young people over the summer. The activities are great opportunities not only to enjoy but also to develop educationally, personally and socially.”
Ceredigion Autism Conference 2019
ON JULY 5, 2019, Ceredigion Autism Spectrum Team and Aberystwyth University Accessibility Services hosted the Ceredigion Autism Conference at Aberystwyth University.
At the sixth annual conference, autistic people focused on what is important to them about how other people think about autism. They also looked at how they are supported if and when they need support, and how other people can help them to build self-esteem, confidence and identity.
The conference was attended by over 130 people, bringing together autistic people, parents, carers and professionals from health, education and social care services and the voluntary sector. The agenda promoted our shared ethos and vision of understanding autism as a different way of thinking, learning and being; different but equally valuable.
Councillor Alun Williams, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Adult’s Services and Champion for people with learning disabilities co-chaired the conference with John Harrington Head of Accessibility Services, Aberystwyth University. The conference was opened by Carys James, Corporate Lead Officer for Children and Adult Services.
Councillor Williams said: “This was the sixth autism conference to be held in Aberystwyth and once again was very well attended. Whilst the audience was a healthy mix of autistic people, friends and carers alongside professionals working in related fields, the speakers and panellists were all autistic people. This allowed them to set the agenda and provided a unique learning opportunity for professionals to better understand the kind of support that can make a positive difference and to further improve the services we provide in Ceredigion.”
John Harrington said: “It is always an immense privilege to co-host the Ceredigion Autism Conference at Aberystwyth University. This year’s line-up of key note speakers were all inspirational and thought provoking about their autistic journeys through life.”
Key notes speakers this year were Chris Bonnello, who gave his 11 top tips for building autistic adults and children; Marianthi Kourti, who spoke about the challenges of being an autistic autism professional; and Kieran Rose, who gave a moving and insightful presentation about the effects of ‘masking’ and about what needs to change for autistic people to be fully accepted and supported.
For the closing session of the day, local autistic individuals joined the key speakers to form an expert panel, giving their experiences and perspectives of support services and answering questions from the audience.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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