Wales’ new Youth Parliament — Are you excited?

Debbie Green, Policy & Campaigns Officer Wales

Debbie Thomas Policy and Campaigns Officer Wales

Something exciting is happening in Welsh politics. And not just exciting for old politic geeks like me – exciting for young people across Wales.

A new youth parliament is being set up. A proper parliament with members elected by young people aged 11-18.

Welsh Youth Parliament Members will take up post for two years. There will be 60 in total – 40 will be elected by young people in their area and the other 20 will be selected by partner organisations. The Welsh Youth Parliament Members will meet three times in Cardiff Bay’s Senedd and will also attend regional meetings – with the Welsh Assembly covering travel costs.

Working as Policy and Campaigns Officer for the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru over the past ten years, I’ve met many inspiring young deaf people who are keen to make a difference. These passionate individuals rarely consider themselves to be politics enthusiasts, but they do have an interest in bringing down barriers and making lives better. And although some might disagree, I’ve always felt this is what politics is fundamentally about (or at least what it should be about!)

This is a chance for young people to speak out about the issues that matter to them. Having met so many deaf young people who are keen to do just that, I’d like to think their voices will be represented in this new parliament.

More info on how to register to vote or stand for election is available here and key dates are below. Exciting times!

Voter registration:
28 May 2018 – 16 November 2018
Elections:
5 November 2018 – 25 November 2018
Apply to be part of the Welsh Youth Parliament:
3 September 2018 – 30 September 2018
Election results:
Announced in December 2018

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