Young person

Question: should young people be given a say on important local issues?

Education, transport, things that affect their day-to-day lives?

Too right they should.

Like every other part of society, they should be listened to…and they often bring a perspective to the table that’s unique.

If you’re aged 11 to 25 and have a link to Wrexham County Borough (school , college, work, live here etc), you can help make sure the views of young people are heard by Wrexham Council and other decision-makers.

How so? Join Senedd yr Ifanc – Wrexham’s youth-parliament.

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Cllr Paul Rogers, lead member for Youth Services and Anti-Poverty, says: “It plays a key role in helping the council understand what’s important to young people, and influences a lot of the work we do.

“The Senedd helps us when making decisions as a council, and helps us understand how young people feel about them.”

“What’s in it for me?”

OK. We’ve explained why the Senedd is really useful to the council, but what’s in it for you? Why should you give up your time?

Caroline Bennett, who works for the council’s youth service, says: “Joining the Senedd can be really rewarding.

“It’s good fun, can help build your confidence and provides opportunities to take part in unique events and activities.

“For example, some of our members are going to London this autumn for UK Parliament Week.

“They’ll represent Wrexham, taking part in the Make your Mark debate in the House of Commons…where they will be debating on young people’s top issues.

“Being part of the Senedd also looks good on your CV when you’re applying for a job or a place at university. It shows you’re interested in the wider world and want to play your part in society.

“It’s a great way to meet new people and it’s a really friendly and enjoyable thing to be part of.”

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“OK. You’ve sold it to me. What do I have to do?”

Around 30 places are available at the moment.

To be eligible, you need to be aged between 11 and 25.

You’ll also need to have a link to Wrexham County Borough, and be willing to attend a meeting on the first Monday of the month.

To find out more, contact our youth service on 01978 317961 or email youngvoices@wrexham.gov.uk

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