Ceredigion Youth Council held a successful question and answer session in the Council Chamber on 14 July 2023. This is the sixth year for the Youth Council to organise such an event.

The event was an opportunity for Ceredigion Youth Council to ask questions regarding issues which affect young people, to a panel of influential decision makers.

The panel members were Ben Lake MP; Barry Rees, Corporate Director at Ceredigion County Council; Sara Jermin, Head of Communications and Performance, Children’s Commissioner for Wales Office and Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of Ceredigion County Council.

As a result of the youth ballot ‘Rhoi dy Farn Ceredigion’ held in March 2023, where over 2,100 local young people voted on issues that matter most to them, a series of questions were prepared and presented to the panel by members of Ceredigion Youth Council which focused on topics including transport, the cost of living crisis, education and employability.

Ifan Meredith, Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council, said: “This successful event has been a key opportunity for young people across Ceredigion to share their opinion on current issues. It was a privilege to chair this event where a variety of responses were received from the panel. I hope that the panellists will continue to consult and consider the views of young people in Ceredigion.”

Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, said: “It was a pleasure to be a part of the panel to discuss important themes affecting young people in our county. The standard and maturity of the discussion was exceptional, which is very encouraging for the future of Ceredigion. The Cabinet and myself included look forward to discussing these themes that are ever so important to our young people.”

The event was opened and closed by Aled Lewis, Ceredigion’s Member of UK Youth Parliament and pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, and hosted by Ifan Meredith, Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council 2022-23 and Ysgol Bro Pedr pupil.