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March/April 2021 Area Forum Update

March & April were once again very busy months for our YEPS Youth Forums. Each of Rhondda, Cynon and Taff Forums held their area meetings but also joined up for wide range of projects and activities. Look below at what they have been up to:

YEPS TV

The March episode of YEPS TV was streamed live on our Facebook and for this month was a Special Edition. As well as the usual fun and games, members from our three area forums appeared live to talk through the work of the Forum on also about the Senedd Elections in May where Young People age 16+ can now vote. The live stream was huge fun and a great opportunity for our members to share vital information with viewers on how to register and why its so important to vote. They also showcased the key priorities for the forum after the vote

Q&A with Children’s Commissioner for Wales

This activity in April provided our forum members an amazing opportunity to spend time virtually with Sally Holland-Children’s Commissioner for Wales. The three forums worked together to collate a list of the most important questions to ask the Commissioner around her role, support for Young People in Wales and life after COVID. Several of our forum members then went live on Facebook YEPS TV with her to chat and ask these questions which was extremely insightful, interesting and enjoyed by our live viewers across RCT

Vote@16 Project

The biggest and busiest piece of work currently for the three area forums continued throughout March and April. Our members have carried on with their amazing efforts in promoting the opportunity to vote at May’s Sennedd Elections. They have been speaking to young people in their communities, recording information videos and Reels, participating in insta story Q&A’s/polls. They have also all worked extremely hard creating key priorities for Rhondda, Cynon and Taff

Champions Of Wales

Continuing from February, members of the three area forums participate in weekly sessions every Friday 5pm-7pm. These sessions make up the Champion of Wales project which has been excellent piece of work supporting the forum members understand their rights as young people and mentor them have the tools to promote these rights to other young people around them. There have been 14 members attending these sessions every Friday which has been and amazing effort

COVID Jigsaw Project

Young people from the three area forums are currently working as part of a project to mark and respect the impact COVID-19 has had on families and communities. This project allows them to individually design Jigsaw puzzle pieces that when all collected will make a huge mural that will be displayed in Cardiff (for more info- check out @saferwales_championsofwales on Social Media)

Wellbeing Poetry Sessions

Young people from the forum have been attending poetry sessions over Zoom working with poet to create personal poems and stories that will help support positive mindsets and wellbeing(for more info- check out @kellythepoet on social media)

Forum Wellbeing Packs

Each and every member of Rhondda, Cynon and Taff forum had doorstep delivery of personal wellbeing pack that included affirmation cards, anxiety worksheets, fidget toys, water bottle, arts crafts, easter treats as well as their own forum hoodies and snoods

May promises to be just as busy for our three forums as they look to continue working and these important project. If you would like to more about the forum in your area, click this link.- https://www.wicid.tv/info/have-your-say/area-forum-meetings/

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February 2021 Area Forum Update

It’s been an extremely busy month for our three area forums (Rhondda Cynon & Taff). Take a look below at what we have discussed in our meetings and what we have been working on:

Rhondda Forum
  • Members of Rhondda Youth Forum Met at start of February to decide which projects they wanted to sign up for from now until May. All members signed up to be involved with three key projects in currently in place. The Senedd vote taking place in May (which allows 16 and 17 year olds to vote for first time), Champions of Wales Project supporting young person rights and South Wales Police Youth Website.
  • These three projects have kept all members busy throughout February. They have been involved with Champions of Wales Projects with five members of Rhondda Forum being attending the sessions every Friday. They have been working on promotional activities for the Votes@16 campaign discussing ideas and filming information Vlogs, TikToks and Reels
  • They are now building their relationships as forum members using the Rhondda Forum Whatsapp group which is now in place

 

Cynon Forum
  • Across the three forums, there may be an argument to say that the Cynon Forum had the most fun of all in February. They were able to squeeze in a couple of activities including cooking, Pancake making and a quiz.
  • There was some work for them to do though as they started discussions on how Cynon Forum members can drive forward the information in that area for young people on how and why to vote in May’s Senedd Elections. Naomi along with Cynon Forum members began creating some sample ideas for YEPS Instagram page which were shared with the other forum areas.
  • Cynon Forum also had members attend the weekly Champions of Wales sessions and have been vital part of the discussions in that group

 

Taff Forum
  • Young People from Taff Forum worked heavily on Votes@16 Campaign- Discussed the importance of voting and how we inform other young people how to vote and what they are voting for.They looked through the vlogs released by the Senedd looking at history of Senedd, their members, the powers they have and supporting young people with the all-important vote
  • Discussed different ways to promote the work of the Forum on Social Media
  • The group set up and began moving our discussions to Forum Whats app group that has been really useful in between meetings
  • Seven of our Taff Forum Members are also involved in Champions of Wales Project which runs every Friday evening

March promises to be just as busy for our three forums as they look to continue working and these important project. If you would like to more about the forum in your area, click this link.- wicid.tv/info/have-your-say/area-forum-meetings/

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