160 young people, teachers and practitioners attended the Youth Conference this year, the 20th anniversary of the Carmarthenshire Youth Council.

The conference was held on October 25 at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli, with discussions and workshops taking place to celebrate and raise awareness of Childrens Rights.

Delegates heard from the Children’s Commissioner, Rocio Cifuentes, who, as a guest speaker, spoke of the importance of listening to young people.

Cabinet Member for Education and Welsh Language Cllr Glynog Davies told the young people that their rights are reflected in the vision and policies of the Local Authority. He said that he has an open door policy to listen and advise this future generation, as does the Children’s Commissioner. 

The Conference, named “RIGHTS TOGETHER: A Celebration of Children’s Rights” is the county’s first Annual Youth Conference since the pandemic and was organised in partnership by Carmarthenshire Youth Council and Carmarthenshire County Council. 

The Council invited young people and practitioners from Secondary Schools and Youth Projects from across the county to take part in the event with the aim to bring together services and organisations to create an empowering and informative event for young people aged 11-18 years old within Carmarthenshire.

Mr Davies added: “It was a privilege to be present at this year’s conference, to meet with our young people and hear their views on the issue of children’s rights. It is so very important to celebrate and raise awareness of children’s rights, in our goal to make Carmarthenshire better for young people. Thank you to everyone who attended our Youth Conference today, for your valued contribution.” 

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