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'Better say' for Wrexham children

Young people
Young people will be given the chance to influence decisions

Young people in north Wales will have a greater say in policies that affect them with the development of a youth forum.

A new platform, Senedd Yr Ifanc, will replace the youth forum originally established in Wrexham in 2001, the council has announced.

The senedd will be made up of 50 elected young people aged 11-19 years.

Council leader Aled Roberts said it would "not only benefit young people in the area, but the authority also".

The move was announced by Clare Field, Wrexham's chief prevention and inclusion officer, who said the existing youth forum had produced excellent work to date in providing young people with a voice.

She said the creation of the Senedd yr Ifanc would expand upon the work done while allowing more young people from all areas in the town to get involved.

All children and young people have a voice
Aled Roberts, Wrexham council

Its 50 members would be elected from three area forums in Wrexham, which would meet on a weekly basis to discuss local issues of importance, and agree issues for their representatives to take to the Senedd Yr Ifanc meetings.

The current Youth Forum was established in 2001 and each member represents a different statutory, voluntary of community group in Wrexham. These range between representatives from school councils, Communities First Youth Forums to local theatre and band groups.

Aled Roberts, lead member for Wrexham Council said: "The development of Senedd Yr Ifanc is in keeping with the council's commitment to recognise that all children and young people have a voice and enable them to use it effectively.

"Its creation will not only benefit young people in the area, but the authority also.

"Senedd Yr Ifanc would offer a wide ranging, established group to approach when departments need support with obtaining the views of children and young people on relevant polices.

"It would also allow members of the Senedd the opportunity to consult on official documents, giving them more input and representation."

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