Five representatives from Carmarthenshire’s Youth Council (CYC) recently attended an all Wales Funky Dragon Grand Council residential at Bangor University.
The event was hosted by Funky Dragon, Wales’ children and young people’s assembly, with the aim of highlighting issues important to young people across Wales and to bring about positive change.
At the residential, the CYC raised all the views and opinions of young people living in Carmarthenshire. Funky Dragon confirmed that their priorities for this year will be education, health and the environment.
Jamie Davies, aged 18, of Glanamman, Ryan Davies, aged 15, of Llanelli, Celt Whitburn, aged 12, of Newscastle Emlyn and Adam Cousins, aged 15, of Newcastle Emlyn, have all been elected by their peers as the CYC’s new Funky Dragon representatives. Ryan Davies has also been elected by Funky Dragon as one of the co-chairs for education, and Jamie Davies has been elected to represent the over 18’s group on Funky Dragon’s Management Committee.
Ryan said: “I’m looking forward to developing ideas with decision makers, and it will be a great experience to be able to meet Welsh Assembly Ministers and question them on issues affecting young people across Wales.”
Jamie said: “As a newly elected Funky Dragon representative, I will do my best to ensure that all young people across the county will have their voices heard. We are very honoured to have been given these new responsibilities and I hope we can help make a difference.”
At the event, Ronan Lewis, aged 15, of Tumble, and Bobby Lewis, aged 16, of Tumble, were presented with a Funky Dragon plaque and an Agored Cymru Accreditation for their commitment and dedication to funky dragon over the past two years; both commented on how much they enjoyed being part of Funk Dragon and wished the new representatives all the best in their new roles.
Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services, Cllr. Keith Davies, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for all the young people involved. To be part of such a high profile organisation at such a young age is very commendable. I’m sure the young people will do a great job and I’m confident they will help us as an authority to become aware of the issues affecting young people across the county.”
For further information about the CYC, or how to get involved, please call Sarah Powell, Young People’s Participation Officer on: 01267 246435