Soap boxes to the ready as future leaders take centre stage at Local Democracy Week
08 October 2015
Young people across the Vale of Glamorgan will be honing their debating skills this week and fine-tuning their manifestos ahead of next week’s Local Democracy Week.
Local Democracy Week aims to encourage young people to take an interest in the decisions that affect their daily lives and in the process perhaps unearth a future First Minister for Wales. But back to the here and now and the small matter of electing a Youth Mayor to give a voice to young people across the Vale.
This year’s election promises to be a keenly fought contest and students and teachers are staying tight-lipped over the prospects of their respective candidates at this year’s election.
Hoping to cross the finishing line in pole position are, Bronwen Lloyd and Daniel Marshall aged 15 from Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg and Cowbridge Comprehensive School respectively and Rhys Powell, aged 13 from Barry Comprehensive. They are all serving members of the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Cabinet and Vale Youth Forum.
Commenting on the importance of forthcoming elections the Leader of Vale of Glamorgan Council, Neil Moore said, “The Vale of Glamorgan Council is leading the way in trying to engage with perhaps the next generation of leaders. In 2014 we established the first Youth Cabinet, Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor. Giving a voice and a platform to our young people is important.”
He added, “Local Democracy Week proved to be a great success in the Vale last year and is something that’s really worth shouting about. I want to wish Bronwen, Daniel and Rhys the very best next week and encourage schools and students across the Vale to get involved and get behind them. Pob lwc – good luck!”
The candidates have created manifestos can be viewed on youtube and can be heard debating on Bro Roadio as part of the Geoff and Guests Show on Monday 12 October at 2.20pm.
The Youth Mayor Election campaign will be taken on the road to different secondary schools, training providers, youth clubs and youth organisations across the Vale of Glamorgan to ensure as many young people aged 11-25 have the opportunity to vote. Local Democracy Week runs between 12 and 16 October.
For more information about the LDW campaign, please contact Bethan Watkins, Youth Participation Worker on 02920 701254 or email BWatkins@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk