By Zack Hellard – Vice Chair or Cardiff Youth Council and Member of the UK Youth Parliament
On Friday the 16th of September, I attended the Service of Prayer and Reflection in Llandaff Cathedral to mourn the death of our late Queen Elizabeth II in the presence of His Majesty the King Charles III and the Queen Consort. I was present as a representative of Cardiff Youth Council and notably the young people in Cardiff whom admired and respected the late Queen deeply.
The event was a solemn and respectful reflection of the life of a monarch who had devoted her entire life to the service of our nation; a chance for everyone to pay homage to all of the good she had done. To be invited to such an event as a representative of Cardiff is one of the greatest honours of my life- to be able to pay the respects of both myself and those absent in such a historic way.
With the closing of the Second Elizabethan Age, we are reminded of the values Queen Elizabeth II instilled into every action she did, notably those of compassion and courage. The life of Queen Elizabeth II is one we can draw many life lessons from, whether that be from her time as a steadfast and reliable presence or as the great reformer.
It is always sad when you must leave certain things behind and my time with Cardiff Youth Council will be one of those things. However, my feelings are not bittersweet though, as Cardiff Youth Council is the forum that enabled me to think of a children’s rights policy that set the benchmark of how children’s rights are delivered throughout the city and beyond. In attending the three out of four training sessions hosted by Cardiff Youth Council in partnership with UNICEF between 02/11/2022 to 23/11/2022 via MS Microsoft Teams. I thought of the following idea:
“To provide a basic pack of documents such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in English, Welsh and Easy Read formats, to a leaflet on local authority services near residents and a letter from the Children & Future Generations Commissioners, the Welsh Government Minister on Social Care and local authority leaders on the importance of children’s rights and also on the importance of holding them to account as public servants.”
This idea was in response to attending the third session of the four-part series taking place, where there was a discussion of how local authorities provide children’s rights education to parents across the City of Cardiff. To my surprise at the time, not much was being done by them to educate parents about their child’s rights and following on from that fact, I thought of that idea you see above.
On an ending note, I just want to thank Cardiff Youth Council’s staff members, as well as the participants of the group for the many years of fun and engagement, so much so, that it has enabled me to change the world around us for future generations to come.
Kyle Jamie Eldridge – Cardiff Youth Council Member
The new vision for Cardiff, Stronger Fairer Greener was publicly launched by the Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, on the 19th July in the Parkgate Hotel, on Westgate Street.
Our very own Chair – Mia John and Vice Chair – Saffron Vanderkolk-Pellow hosted the event.
Stronger Fairer Greener replaces Capital Ambition, it sets out the priorities of the Leader and the members of his Cabinet to deliver:
A Stronger Cardiff: Attracting new investment and businesses into the city, boosting economic productivity, creating good-quality jobs in Cardiff’s high-value and foundational sectors, and boosting our resilience to climate change and associated environmental threats.
A Fairer Cardiff: Delivering excellent education, training, into work and social services, as well as transport connectivity, to ensure that all citizens are able to benefit from Cardiff’s growth and the new opportunities it creates.
A Greener Cardiff: Delivering a robust network of active travel and public transport, making Cardiff a ’15-minute city’, generating renewable energy and enhancing local biodiversity, ensuring that growth is sustainable and aligned with our commitment to becoming a Carbon Neutral City by 2030.
Lansiwyd y weledigaeth newydd ar gyfer Caerdydd, Cryfach, Tecach, Gwyrddach yn gyhoeddus gan Arweinydd Cyngor Caerdydd, y Cynghorydd Huw Thomas, ar 19 Gorffennaf yng Ngwesty’r Parkgate, ar Heol y Porth.
Ein Cadeirydd ni ein hunain – Mia John a’r Is-Gadeirydd – Saffron Vanderkolk-Pellow oedd yn cynnal y digwyddiad.
Cryfach Tecach Gwyrddach yn disodli Uchelgais Prifddinas, mae’n nodi blaenoriaethau’r Arweinydd ac aelodau ei Gabinet i gyflawni:
Caerdydd Gryfach: Denu buddsoddiad a busnesau newydd i’r ddinas, hybu cynhyrchiant economaidd, creu swyddi o ansawdd da yn sectorau sylfaenol a gwerth uchel Caerdydd, a rhoi hwb i’n gallu i wrthsefyll newid yn yr hinsawdd a’r bygythiadau amgylcheddol cysylltiedig.
Caerdydd Tecach: Darparu addysg, hyfforddiant, gwaith a gwasanaethau cymdeithasol rhagorol, yn ogystal â chysylltedd trafnidiaeth, i sicrhau bod pob dinesydd yn gallu elwa ar dwf Caerdydd a’r cyfleoedd newydd y mae’n eu creu.
Caerdydd Wyrddach: Darparu rhwydwaith cadarn o deithio llesol a thrafnidiaeth gyhoeddus, gan wneud Caerdydd yn ‘ddinas 15 munud’, cynhyrchu ynni adnewyddadwy a gwella bioamrywiaeth leol, gan sicrhau bod twf yn gynaliadwy ac yn gyson â’n hymrwymiad i ddod yn Ddinas Carbon Niwtral drwy 2030.
On Wednesday, July 13th 2022 Cardiff Youth Council (CYC) elections for Chair and Vice-Chair took place with 3 candidates putting themselves forward for election. All candidates delivered speeches to say why they wanted to, and should be, elected as Chair or Vice-Chair. They also took questions from members.
This year the following people stood for the positions of Chair & Vice-Chair of CYC:
CYC and the the Child Friendly Cardiff (CFC) team thanks all candidates for putting themselves forward in such a courageous way, for delivering some inspiring speeches and answering all questions that CYC put forward.
Mikaeel and Zack were duly elected as Chair and Vice-Chair of CYC in the closest run election that we have seen, and has also given us our youngest ever Chair (Mikaeel, 11 years old), so a huge congratulations to all.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mia John and Saffron Vanderkolk-Pellow for their time as Chair and Vice-Chair. We wish them the very best in their future endeavours, please don’t be strangers and keep in touch.
On Wednesday 6th April, 3 members of Cardiff Youth Council (CYC) stood for the position of Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP). All candidates delivered a speech on why they should be elected. They also took questions from other youth council members on what their priorities would be (for their campaign), ways that they will take others views into consideration and how they will engage with seldom heard groups (including those who are not CYC members).
This year the following people stood for the position:
CYC and the Child Friendly Cardiff (CFC) congratulate all the candidates for putting themselves forward in such an inspiring and brave way, delivering some great speeches and for answering all questions that CYC members had for them.
Zack Hellard & Shifa Shahzad have been duly elected as the new Members of the UK Youth Parliament for Cardiff for the next 2 years.
Below are statements each new MYP –
Zack: After 4 years of listening and learning from the young people of Cardiff I have been given the fantastic opportunity and trust to represent them, their issues and their needs as one of Cardiff’s newest Members of the UK Youth Parliament. Now is the time for action; with honest and hard work, along with the cooperation and support of the young people of Cardiff, I intend to make a difference- to ensure that every voice across Cardiff is heard and taken into account.
Shifa: I wanted to become an MYP so that I could make meaningful change, not only in my own community but across the nation. Having achieved the role, now I can see that I will be able to do just that, and much more. The number of opportunities and support that has already been given is mind-blowing, and I’m so glad to be a part of this new community. I’m excited to serve my constituency and look forward to seeing what comes next!
We would like to thank Victor Ciunca for their work over the last few years as an MYP.