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Your youth forum is a fantastic way to get involved in your local community, and to tackle issues that affect children and young people where you live. Every forum in Wales works differently but the issues are always identified by young people who then campaign for change. Some areas also have children's forums.

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Children’s Rights Promise

Children across Carmarthenshire are being promised that their rights will be honoured and considered in decision making.

We met with Senior councillors and officers to have this pledge signed, that will ensure the council meets minimum standards when making decisions that affect our lives as Children & Young People.

It also means that decisions will be considered by trained young people on an annual basis.

Brittany Alsop-Bingham, our chairperson, along with Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole, Education Executive Board Member Cllr Gareth Jones, Chief Executive Mark James, Director for Education and Children’s Services Rob Sully all signed the promise in advance of Children’s Rights Day, November 20.

It was adopted by the county council last year and has been a priority since, with a three-year strategy and action plan being developed.

It included establishing a new Participation and Children’s Rights team, a growing Carmarthenshire Youth Council and more opportunities for young people to be involved in decision making processes both locally and nationally.

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Youth conference

Young people across Carmarthenshire gave their views on what was important to them to help shape the future of the county.

Our Youth Conference this year gave Young People the opportunity to share their views on health and well-being, which will be fed into Carmarthenshire’s Wellbeing plan, being produced by the new Public Services Board.

Well-being covers topics such as education, the environment, safety, health, jobs, the economy and all matters young people need to be happy, healthy and successful.

A number of workshops took place at the conference and members of the Public Services Board (PSB) were in attendance to give advice and receive feedback.

Our Chairperson Brittany Bingham, 19, said: “I hope the Future Generations Act will have an impact on not just Wales today but on our future in Carmarthenshire, for every generation to come after us.

Executive board member for youth services Cllr Gareth Jones said: “Feedback from the Youth Conference will feed into our well-being plan, it is vitally important that the views of young people are included in any future decision-making.”

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Its here come and see it... our youth conference report 2015

On WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2015

We held our annual youth conference to celebrate anti-bullying week 2015, with this year’s conference theme tackling BULLYING called Stand Up To Bullying.

We welcomed over a hundred young people aged 11-25 in Carmarthenshire to come and join us at Parc Y Scarlets.

At the conference lots of things took place such as amazing discussions, speeches, fun arts and crafts, drama workshops and much more to tackle bullying!

It was amazing to hear everyone’s experiences of bullying and their story’s. The conference showed us and decision makers just how big a problem bullying is throughout Carmarthenshire.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part and helped us with our work. Stay in touch and follow the conversation on twitter and facebook using the hashtag: #CYCStandUp

For more information contact the Children’s Rights and Participation Team on 01267 246690, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Article by Kye and Stacey

ABUSE AT HOME

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The Abuse At Home You’re Not Alone conference was organised by young people from Carmarthenshire Youth Council. The day included speeches, workshops with over 150 young people and a Theatre Forum discussion led by Mess Up The Mess. The report includes a summary of the day and all the young people’s voices and ideas.

YOUNG WALES FILM

Young Wales launched on Friday 27th March with young people from forums across Wales meeting in Newtown to decide their priorities for the year.

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CHILD OF COURAGE

We are so proud of our member Harriet Alsop-Bingham who has deservedly won Carmarthenshire Radio Child of Courage Award 2017 in recognition for the strength, fight and courage she has shown during personal difficulties.

Harriet was nominated for this award by Sarah Powell, Senior Participation and Children’s Rights Officer not only for her personal achievements in overcoming difficulties at such a young age, but for becoming a Young Persons Champion. Over the past 12 months Harriet has begun to share her story with other young people and adults alike, to raise awareness of mental health issues.

 

Harriet, 16 from Garnant said "I am absolutely delighted and so so grateful to have been nominated for the 'child of courage' award. Not only was I nominated but I'm over the moon that I have won. I hope that by winning the award it will raise awareness of how mental health issues can affect young people’s lives and that more support is needed. We need to get the message out there that 'It's a bad day not a bad life!"

Sarah Powell, said that Harriet “has inspired and motivated her big sister to also campaign by attend meetings, conference, sharing their stories and are also a fundamental part of the National Mental Health Group ran by Young Wales, Children In Wales. They champion young people’s mental health issues and both; emphasis the importance of truly listening to their experience, highlighting the need to improve access to young people’s mental health services in Wales, and pass on the message that you are not alone”

Sarah went on to add, “because of the passion to help others and to make a difference to the lives of others I believe Harriet is an extremely worthy winner”

Harriet will be collecting her award during Carmarthenshire Radio Local Hearo Awards evening at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli in early July 2017.

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people (source: Mental Health Foundation). They include depression, anxiety and self-harming, and are often like Harriet (Harriet’s Story) are direct response to what is happening in their lives.

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2017 July Harriet Child of Courage