Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings with competition winner Bethan Jones
Young people across Rhondda Cynon Taf have created images for a calendar on the theme ‘Say No to Bullying'.
Pupils were asked to submit artwork which depicts diversity in an annual calendar competition organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Multi Agency Diversity Forum (MADF). The calendar helps the MADF promote good relations between people of different groups.
Gift vouchers and certificates were presented to the youngsters whose designs were chosen for the calendar. Overall winner was Bethan Jones of Craig yr Hesg Primary, with other young winners also from Craig yr Hesg, as well as Cefn Primary, Llwynypia Primary, Tai Education Centre, Ton Pentre Juniors and Tonypandy Primary School.
Councillor Craig Middle, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Social Justice, and Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings attended the presentation event at Tonyrefail Leisure Centre. Winning pupils were joined by their families, teachers and headteachers. Entertainment was provided by African dancers and a brass band.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Multi Agency Diversity Forum consists of representatives from statutory, voluntary and community organisations. These include various service areas from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, South Wales Police, Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership, Interlink, Unison, RCT Homes, Fframwaith, Valrec, Communities First, Victim Support and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Cllr Middle said: "The MADF has a responsibility to ensure that it promotes diversity and acceptance within the communities in Rhondda Cynon Taf. It works towards creating an environment where hatred, harassment and violence motivated by prejudice are challenged.
"This year, it will continue to raise awareness of the reporting of hate crime within the community and promote good relations between people of different groups. The calendar competition is an excellent way of promoting these messages to young people."
Every primary school in Rhondda Cynon Taf has received a copy of the calendar.