Young Inspectors

During the past month and a half, Chloe and Cian have been delivering young inspector training sessions to a group of young people at Bryn Y Deryn Pupil Referral Unit in Mynachdy. Six training sessions have been delivered so far, with the young people progressing well during the process. We are hoping that the young people being trained will be able to undertake an inspection in the New Year, if the situation allows it.

The Pupil’s Inclusion Project (PIP) has submitted its self-assessment and evidence for the Participation Standards and is hoping to be inspected as soon as circumstances allow. Cian has been working closely with Craig from PIP to ensure that all their evidence is in order and that they are ready for inspection. 

Arolygwyr Ifanc

Yn ystod y mis a hanner diwethaf, mae Chloe a Cian wedi bod yn hyfforddi grŵp o bobl ifanc o Uned Cyfeirio Disgyblion Bryn Y Deryn yn Mynachdy i fod yn Arolygwyr Ifanc. Mae’r grŵp wedi cwblhau chwech sesiwn hyd yn hyn, gyda’r bobl ifanc yn datblygu’n dda yn ystod y broses. Gobeithiwn fydd gan y bobl ifanc sy’n cael eu hyfforddi y cyfle i gymryd rhan mewn arolwg yn y flwyddyn newydd, os yw’r sefyllfa yn ei galluogi hi.

Mae’r Prosiect Cynnwys Disgyblion (PCD) wedi cyflwyno’u hunan-asesiad a’u tystiolaeth am y Safonau Cyfranogiad ac yn gobeithio cymryd rhan mewn arolwg unwaith i’r amgylchiadau wneud hyn yn bosib. Mae Cian wedi bod yn gweithio’n agos gyda Craig o PCD i wneud yn sicr fod eu tystiolaeth mewn trefn ac eu bod yn barod am yr arolwg.

School Governors Board and Interviewing Sally Holland

One of CYC’s most vocal members has been doing some incredible work recently we would like to share with you. As part of Universal Children’s Day Victor Ciunca interviewed the Children’s Commissioner for Wales Sally Holland around various issues surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and its effect on children and young people’s education.

Having interviewed the Children’s Commissioner on various issues Victor then took a presentation and recording of his interview to the Cardiff Governors Association Annual Training Conference. Victor presented ideas to the group around the new curriculum, the need for focus on improving young people’s critical and logical thinking in everyday life to build on resilience and independence in young people.

He also spoke about blended learning, the positives and negatives and young people’s wellbeing and how their school life and education affects this. Victor put forward a critical review of current school curriculums and how they don’t prepare young people for real working life where collaboration and researching together are at the heart of the working world. He left the Governors with a strong message. That we want “Education for young people, made by young people, for a bright future”.

To finish the Governors joined together to watch the interview of Victor and Sally Holland and commended him for his work and professionalism. Victor has been a great ambassador to CYC and we look forward to him continuing his work with the School governors Board.

Bwrdd Llywodraethwyr Ysgol a Chyfweld â Sally Holland

Mae un o aelodau mwyaf llafar Cyngor Ieuenctid Caerdydd wedi bod yn gwneud gwaith anhygoel yn ddiweddar yr hoffem ei rannu â chi. Fel rhan o Ddiwrnod Plant y Byd, cyfwelodd Victor Ciunca â Chomisiynydd Plant Cymru, Sally Holland, i drafod materion amrywiol sy’n ymwneud â phandemig y coronafeirws a’i effaith ar addysg plant a phobl ifanc.

Ar ôl cyfweld â’r Comisiynydd Plant am wahanol faterion, aeth Victor wedyn â chyflwyniad a recordiad o’i gyfweliad i Gynhadledd Hyfforddiant Blynyddol Cymdeithas Llywodraethwyr Caerdydd. Cyflwynodd Victor syniadau i’r grŵp ynglŷn â’r cwricwlwm newydd a’r angen i ganolbwyntio ar wella meddwl beirniadol a rhesymegol pobl ifanc mewn bywyd pob dydd er mwyn datblygu gwydnwch ac annibyniaeth ymhlith pobl ifanc.

Siaradodd hefyd am ddysgu cyfunol, yr elfennau cadarnhaol a negyddol a lles pobl ifanc, a sut mae eu bywyd ysgol a’u haddysg yn effeithio ar hyn. Rhoddodd Victor adolygiad beirniadol o gwricwla presennol ysgolion a dweud nad ydynt yn paratoi pobl ifanc ar gyfer bywyd gwaith go iawn lle mae cydweithredu ac ymchwilio ar y cyd wrth wraidd y byd gwaith. Gadawodd neges gref i’r Llywodraethwyr: Ein bod ni eisiau “Addysg i bobl ifanc, gan bobl ifanc, ar gyfer dyfodol disglair”.

I orffen, ymunodd y Llywodraethwyr â’i gilydd i wylio cyfweliad Victor a Sally Holland ac fe’i canmolwyd am ei waith a’i broffesiynoldeb. Mae Victor wedi bod yn gennad gwych i Gyngor Ieuenctid Caerdydd ac rydym yn edrych ymlaen ato’n parhau â’i waith gyda’r Bwrdd Llywodraethwyr Ysgol.

Education Development Board

Firstly we would like to thank Thorfinn Moffat who has been the representative on the Education Development Board (EDB) for CYC. Thorfinn recently stood down as he is due to move to New Zealand, he has been a great representative for CYC. In his place Victor Ciunca attended his first meeting on the 24th November 2020.

Victor was able to discuss points around the current exam situation for young people in 2020-21 and how the pandemic has affected this and various other topics surrounding education in Cardiff.

He was able to not only represent young people but give a unique perspective on how current education systems accessibility is for young people who may not have English as their first language.

We are very proud of both Thorfinn and Victor in their work with the EDB and will continue to ensure young people are heard and their voices represented in this crucial time in education.

Bwrdd Datblygu Addysg

Yn gyntaf, hoffem ddiolch i Thorfinn Moffat sydd wedi bod yn gynrychiolydd ar y Bwrdd Datblygu Addysg (BDA) ar gyfer CIC. Gadawodd Thorfinn ei rôl yn ddiweddar gan ei fod yn bwriadu symud i Seland Newydd. Mae wedi bod yn gynrychiolydd gwych i Gyngor Ieuenctid Caerdydd. Yn ei le, daeth Victor Ciunca i’w gyfarfod cyntaf ar 24 Tachwedd 2020.

Bu modd i Victor drafod pwyntiau ynglŷn â’r sefyllfa bresennol o ran arholiadau i bobl ifanc yn 2020-21 a sut mae’r pandemig wedi effeithio ar hyn ac amrywiol bynciau eraill sy’n ymwneud ag addysg yng Nghaerdydd. Yn ogystal â chynrychioli pobl ifanc, roedd yn gallu rhoi safbwynt unigryw ar hygyrchedd presennol systemau addysg ar gyfer pobl ifanc nad yw’r Gymraeg na’r Saesneg yn iaith gyntaf iddynt.

Rydym yn falch iawn o Thorfinn a Victor yn eu gwaith gyda’r BDA a byddwn yn parhau i sicrhau bod pobl ifanc yn cael eu clywed a bod eu lleisiau’n cael eu cynrychioli yn y cyfnod hollbwysig hwn ym myd addysg.

Race, Equality and Diversity Subgroup

The group has been busy since it formed last month after the priority votes. Shivam Singhal has been elected chair of the group, with Angel Ezeadum being chosen as vice-chair. The group has decided that the focus of their work will be unconscious bias and are looking at both raising awareness around the issue and developing a training resource. Shivam will be meeting with Carly Davies from Cardiff Commitment to discuss the possibility of working together around unconscious bias and seeing if there is scope to raise awareness with local businesses and schools.

Is-grŵp Hil, Cydraddoldeb ac Amrywiaeth  

Mae’r grŵp wedi bod yn brysur ers ffurfio ym mis Hydref ar ôl y pleidleisiau blaenoriaethau. Cafodd Shivam Singhal ei ethol fel cadeirydd y grŵp, gyda Angel Ezeadum yn cael ei dewis fel is-gadeirydd. Mae’r grŵp wedi penderfynu canolbwyntio ar rhagfarn anymwybodol ac yn edrych ar codi ymwybyddiaeth am y pwnc a creu adnodd sy’n ei esbonio. Bydd Shivam yn cwrdd gyda Carly Davies o Addewid Caerdydd i drafod y posibilrwydd o gydweithio o gwmpas y pwnc rhagfarn anymwybodol a gweld os oes posibilrwydd o godi ymwybyddiaeth gyda busnesau lleol ac ysgolion.

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CYC Priorities for 2020-21

During September and October, CYC members put forward ideas (motions) for issues they want CYC to work on over the next academic year. In total 5 motions were put forward by CYC members and they were:

  1. Education – Eshaan Rajesh
  2. Race, equality & diversity – Shivam Singhal
  3. Extra-curricular activities – Martha Templeman-Lilley
  4. Debate Club – Thorfinn Moffat
  5. LGBTQ+ inclusion in the community – Alicia Owen

During the October CYC general meeting, members debated the motions put forward and then voted for their top 3 priorities. The top 3, and now CYC’s priorities for the 2020-21 academic year are:

  • Education
  • Race, equality & diversity
  • Debate Club

Blaenoriaethau CIC ar gyfer 2020-21

Yn ystod mis Medi a mis Hydref, cynigiodd aelodau CIC syniadau (cynigion) ar gyfer materion y maent am i CIC weithio arnynt dros y flwyddyn academaidd nesaf. Cynigiwyd cyfanswm o 5 cynnig gan aelodau CIC sef:

  1. Addysg – Eshaan Rajesh
  2. Hil, cydraddoldeb ac amrywiaeth – Shivam Singhal
  3. Gweithgareddau allgyrsiol – Martha Templeman-Lilley
  4. Clwb Trafod – Thorfinn Moffat
  5. Cynhwysiant LHDTC+ yn y gymuned – Alicia Owen

Yn ystod cyfarfod cyffredinol CIC ym mis Hydref, trafododd yr aelodau’r cynigion a gyflwynwyd ac yna pleidleisio am eu 3 blaenoriaeth uchaf. Y 3 uchaf, sef blaenoriaethau CIC ar gyfer blwyddyn academaidd 2020-21, yw:

  • Addysg
  • Hil, cydraddoldeb ac amrywiaeth
  • Clwb Trafod

CYC Reformation Chair Election

In October 2020 Lois Render stood down as the Chair of CYC’s Reformation Group due to her travelling to Canada for a lengthened stay. CYC members and AIT staff wish Lois all the best and we cannot wait to hear about her adventures when she comes back.

Due to Lois’ departure, new elections have taken place and CYC members Martha Templeman-Lilley, Shivam Singhal and Mia John put themselves forward for election as the new CYC Reformation Chair.

Thanks must go to all who put themselves forward and well done for delivering 3 inspiring speeches. Mia John was duly elected as the new Chair and Mia now joins CYC’s executive. We wish her well in her new role and congratulations!

Ethol Cadeirydd Grŵp Diwygio CIC

Ym mis Hydref 2020, safodd Lois Render i lawr fel Cadeirydd Grŵp Diwygio CIC gan ei bod yn teithio i Ganada am gyfnod estynedig. Mae aelodau CIC a staff TCA yn dymuno’r gorau i Lois ac ni allwn aros i glywed am ei hanturiaethau pan ddaw’n ôl.

Oherwydd ymadawiad Lois, mae etholiadau newydd wedi’u cynnal ac mae aelodau’r CIC Martha Templeman-Lilley, Shivam Singhal a Mia John wedi cyflwyno cais i gael eu hethol yn Gadeirydd Diwygio newydd CIC.

Diolch i bawb a wnaeth gais a da iawn am gyflwyno 3 araith ysbrydoledig. Etholwyd Mia John yn Gadeirydd newydd a bydd Mia nawr yn ymuno â grŵp gweithredol CIC. Dymunwn yn dda iddi yn ei rôl newydd, a llongyfarchiadau!

Scrutiny Committee Updates

New representatives from CYC sit on strategic boards in Cardiff Council

AIT staff and CYC members would like to congratulate Eshaan Rajesh for becoming the latest CYC member to represent children and young people on the Economy & Culture Scrutiny Committee (E&CSC) and  Mia John for the same on the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee (C&YPSC).  The role of the Economy & Culture Scrutiny Committee is to scrutinise, measure and actively promote improvement in the Council’s performance in the provision of services and compliance with Council policies, aims and objectives in the area of economic regeneration including:

  • Cardiff City Region City Deal
  • Inward Investment and the marketing of Cardiff
  • Economic Strategy & Employment
  • European Funding & Investment
  • Small to Medium Support
  • Cardiff Harbour Authority
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Leisure Centres
  • Sports Development
  • Parks & Green Spaces
  • Libraries, Arts & Culture
  • Civic Buildings
  • Events & Tourism
  • Strategic Projects
  • Innovation & Technology Centres
  • Local Training & Enterprise’ 

Whilst the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee looks at:

  • School Improvement
  • Schools Organisation
  • School Support Services
  • Education Welfare & Inclusion
  • Early Years Development
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Governor Services
  • Children’s Social Services
  • Children & Young Peoples Partnership
  • Youth Services and Justice
  • Play Services

Both Committees have roles…

  • To assess the impact of partnerships with an resources and services provided by external organisations including the Welsh Government, joint local government services, Welsh Government Sponsored Public Bodies and quasi-departmental non-governmental bodies on the effectiveness of Council service delivery.
  • To report to an appropriate Cabinet or Council meeting on its findings and to make recommendations on measures which may enhance Council performance and service delivery in this area.

For more information visit: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Your-Council/Councillors-and-meetings/Scrutiny/Pages/default.aspx

Diweddariadau’r Pwyllgor Craffu

Cynrychiolwyr newydd o CIC yn eistedd ar byrddau strategol yn Nghyngor Caerdydd

Hoffai staff TCA ac aelodau CIC longyfarch Eshaan Rajesh am ddod yr aelod CIC diweddaraf i gynrychioli plant a phobl ifanc ar Bwyllgor Craffu Economi a Diwylliant A Mia John am wneud yr un peth ar Bwyllgor Craffu Plant a Phobl Ifanc.

Rôl y Pwyllgor Craffu Economi a Diwylliant yw craffu, mesur a mynd ati i hyrwyddo gwelliant ym mherfformiad y Cyngor wrth ddarparu gwasanaethau a chydymffurfio â pholisïau, nodau ac amcanion y Cyngor yn y maes adfywio economaidd, gan gynnwys:

  • Bargen Ddinesig Prifddinas-Ranbarth Caerdydd
  • Mewnfuddsoddi a marchnata Caerdydd
  • Strategaeth Economaidd a Chyflogaeth
  • Cyllid Ewropeaidd a Buddsoddi
  • Cymorth Bach i Ganolig
  • Awdurdod Harbwr Caerdydd
  • Dysgu Gydol Oes
  • Canolfannau Hamdden
  • Datblygu Chwaraeon
  • Parciau a Mannau Gwyrdd
  • Llyfrgelloedd, y Celfyddydau a Diwylliant
  • Adeiladau Dinesig
  • Digwyddiadau a Thwristiaeth
  • Prosiectau Strategol
  • Canolfannau Arloesedd a Thechnoleg
  • Hyfforddiant a Menter Leol

Ac mae’r Pwyllgor Craffu Plant a Phobl Ifanc yn trafod y canlynol:

  • Gwella Ysgolion
  • Trefniadaeth Ysgolion
  • Gwasanaethau Cymorth i Ysgolion
  • Lles a Chynhwysiad Addysg
  • Datblygiad yn y Blynyddoedd Cynnar
  • Anghenion Addysgol Arbennig
  • Gwasanaethau Llywodraethwyr
  • Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol Plant
  • Partneriaeth Plant a Phobl Ifanc
  • Gwasanaethau a Chyfiawnder Ieuenctid
  • Gwasanaethau Chwarae

Mae gan y ddau Bwyllgor y rolau canlynol:

  • Asesu effaith partneriaethau ar adnoddau a gwasanaethau a ddarperir gan sefydliadau allanol gan gynnwys Llywodraeth Cymru, gwasanaethau llywodraeth leol ar y cyd, Cyrff Cyhoeddus a Noddir gan Lywodraeth Cymru a chyrff lled-adrannol anllywodraethol ar effeithiolrwydd gwasanaethau’r Cyngor.
  • Adrodd mewn cyfarfod Cabinet neu Gyngor priodol ar ei ganfyddiadau a gwneud argymhellion ar fesurau a allai wella perfformiad y Cyngor a’r ffordd y mae’n cyflenwi gwasanaethau yn y maes hwn.

Am ragor o wybodaeth ewch i: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/CYM/Eich-Cyngor/Cynghorwyr-a-chyfarfodydd/Craffu/Pages/default.aspx

The iSay programme has gone remote!

Interactive presentations have been redeveloped to be suitable as teaching tools. Easy to follow themes currently available are:

  • Children’s Rights (featuring a bespoke quiz, this presentation covers all the basics of the UNCRC.)
  • Local Democracy (this presentation look at 4 stages of democracy; community, local authority, devolved and UK wide including the young person equivalents
  • School Councils (covers why school councils exist, how to make them function and other ways of capturing pupil voice)

Bespoke versions can also be adapted, simply get in touch.

Mae’r rhaglen iSay nawr ar waith o bell!

Mae cyflwyniadau rhyngweithiol wedi’u hailddatblygu i fod yn addas fel offer i athrawon. Y themâu hawdd eu dilyn sydd ar gael ar hyn o bryd yw:

  • Hawliau Plant (sy’n cynnwys cwis pwrpasol; mae’r cyflwyniad hwn yn trafod holl hanfodion CCUHP.)
  • Democratiaeth Leol (mae’r cyflwyniad hwn yn edrych ar 4 cam o ddemocratiaeth; cymuned, awdurdod lleol, datganoledig a’r DU gyfan, gan gynnwys pethau cyfatebol i bobl ifanc)
  • Cynghorau Ysgol (yn trafod pam mae cynghorau ysgol yn bodoli, sut i wneud iddynt weithio a ffyrdd eraill o wrando ar lais y disgybl)

Gellir addasu fersiynau pwrpasol hefyd – cysylltwch â ni.

MindHub

Alongside the three new priorities of CYC, MindHub and young people’s mental health and wellbeing continues to be a priority to CYC with dedicated monthly sessions and fresh new ideas!

The young people have created promotional videos to advertise MindHub to schools, Youth service and across various social media platforms to raise awareness to young people of the support available, whilst also looking at small website developments and changes. This included updating the CYC webpage so you can now find MindHub from our main webpage.

The group have had the pleasure to meet with resilience workers to develop training packages around mental health and wellbeing for young people and staff. During this time they also supported the resilience staff in ideas around creating “ICare box’s” that could be used to support people during the Coronavirus pandemic with their mental health. The group will also be influential in the development of training packages for staff and young people around various key themes identified relating to young people’s mental health in Cardiff.

In addition to working with the resilience staff the group have been in discussion to work with the Young Creators Group at the start of the new year, potentially to create a Q+A session around mental health in Cardiff and specifically how MindHub can support young people and why it was made.

There are many exciting ideas in development for MindHub, some that you can expect to see in the coming New Year!

Hyb Meddwl

Yn ogystal â thair blaenoriaeth newydd Cyngor Ieuenctid Caerdydd, mae Hyb Meddwl ac iechyd meddwl a lles pobl ifanc yn parhau i fod yn flaenoriaeth i’r Grŵp Cefnogi Plant gyda sesiynau misol pwrpasol a syniadau blaengar newydd!

Mae’r bobl ifanc wedi creu fideos hyrwyddo i hysbysebu Hyb Meddwl gerbron ysgolion, y gwasanaeth ieuenctid ac ar draws gwahanol lwyfannau cyfryngau cymdeithasol i godi ymwybyddiaeth i bobl ifanc o’r cymorth sydd ar gael, wrth ystyried mân ddatblygiadau a newidiadau i wefannau bach ar yr un pryd. Roedd hyn yn cynnwys diweddaru tudalen we CIC fel y gallwch nawr ddod o hyd i Hyb Meddwl o’n prif dudalen we.

Cafodd y grŵp y pleser o gwrdd â gweithwyr gwydnwch i ddatblygu pecynnau hyfforddi ynglŷn ag iechyd meddwl a lles i bobl ifanc a staff. Yn ystod y cyfnod hwn, roeddent hefyd yn cefnogi’r staff gwydnwch gyda syniadau ynghylch creu “blychau ICare” y gellid eu defnyddio i gefnogi pobl gyda’u hiechyd meddwl yn ystod pandemig y coronafeirws. Bydd y grŵp hefyd yn ddylanwadol wrth ddatblygu pecynnau hyfforddi ar gyfer staff a phobl ifanc o amgylch themâu allweddol amrywiol a nodwyd sy’n ymwneud ag iechyd meddwl pobl ifanc yng Nghaerdydd.

Yn ogystal â gweithio gyda’r staff gwydnwch, mae’r grŵp wedi bod yn trafod gweithio gyda’r Grŵp Creawdwyr Ifanc ar ddechrau’r flwyddyn newydd, o bosibl i greu sesiwn Holi ac Ateb ynghylch iechyd meddwl yng Nghaerdydd ac yn benodol sut y gall Hyb Meddwl gefnogi pobl ifanc a pham y cafodd ei greu.

Mae llawer o syniadau cyffrous yn cael eu datblygu ar gyfer Hyb Meddwl, rhai y gallwch ddisgwyl eu gweld yn y flwyddyn newydd sydd ar ddod!

CYC Environment Subgroup 2019-20

We are excited to share with you the work of Cardiff Youth Council’s 2019-20 Environment Subgroup.

The group has worked collaboratively to pool the most sustainable businesses around Cardiff, charging points for electric cars and charity shops into 1 resource. We would like to particularly thank Eshaan Rajesh for all of the hard work he put into this, especially during the lockdown.

*Disclaimer* This work began prior to the COVID-19 pandemic therefore some information could be/become quickly outdated.