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Alaw Primary Pupils Meet Mayor

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Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings Meets Alaw Primary Pupils

Decision-makers of the future were keen to learn some tricks of the trade when they visited Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings in her parlour earlier this month.

Members of the Alaw Primary School Youth Council, were keen to meet the County Borough’s first citizen to find out more about local democracy, how meetings were held, how votes were undertaken and the general decision-making process.

They arrived in the parlour in the Municipal Buildings in Pontypridd armed with questions about how the democratic process worked and what lessons they could learn for their own meetings, which play a key role in supporting all pupils at the Trealaw school.

Mayor Cllr Crimmings was only too pleased to welcome them and answer their questions, as well as giving them an extensive overview of the Council, her role within the local authority and the wider county borough and tips for them on future Youth Council success.

She spent a long time answering their questions on how best they should organise meetings, ensuring everyone has a voice and all opinions are considered and mediation between groups of people.

While they were in the parlour, the pupils also took the chance to find out more about the Mayor’s successful charity fundraising which, for Cllr Crimming’s year in office, is benefiting Macmillan Cancer Support RCT, Diabetes Peer Support for Children RCT and Guide Dogs Cymru.

The Alaw Primary Youth Council have £400 a year to spend on school-based projects and are currently developing an outdoor classroom and continuing their important work to ensure social and emotional support throughout the school, including a wellbeing room.

The event was organised by local councillor Cllr Joy Rosser, who sits on the governing body of Alaw Primary School and the pupils attended the parlour with Deputy Head Rachel Davies.

Mayor Cllr Crimmings said: “Alaw Primary School Youth Council is leading considerable success at the school with the work it does – and it is no wonder now I have met them for myself and seen the interest they show in local democracy, helping others and doing what is best for their school.

“They really were an extraordinary set of young people who visited the parlour. They had many questions and such an enthusiasm for learning how we deliver democracy in Rhondda Cynon Taf, so they could pick up some tips to use for their important work in Alaw Primary.

“It was a pleasure to meet them and I was most interested to hear about their work, which includes developing new learning environments, keeping them safe and secure, raising more funds to help others, supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of all pupils and looking at family learning and how the wider community of Alaw Primary School, including parents and carers, can get involved.”

As well as finding time to meet and assist Alaw Primary School Youth Council, Mayor Cllr Crimmings is also busy with her own fundraising work and has organised lots of events for the coming weeks to raise money for her chosen causes.

These include:

A charity bed push from Pontypridd to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital this Saturday (May 29)
An Easter egg hunt for children at the beautiful Dare Valley Country Park on April 19 and 20.
A family-friendly Lap the Lake fun run, also at Dare Valley Country Park, on April 20.
The Welsh Three Peaks challenge on May 10
The ever-popular and great fun Charity Golf Day at Aberdare Golf Club on May 16.
Charity Elvis Night in Trallwn Working Mens' Club on May 2
For more information on the Mayor, the Mayor's Charity Appeal and forthcoming events, visit the Mayor's Pages

See how the Alaw Primary School pupils got on when they met the Mayor in the picture special

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