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Young People Have Their Say On Service

Young people throughout the County Borough are having their say on whether activities and provisions designed for their needs are up to the mark!

A new cohort of young people has been trained to become Youth Inspectors in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Youth Inspectors scheme allows young people aged 14 to 25 years old to visit youth provisions and activities to inspect them against the national framework.

The young people visit and inspect centres and then produce a report with their recommendation to the Welsh Government on whether or not to award the centre with a kite mark of recognition.

Seven young people from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Fernhill Youth Project and Mountain Ash Comprehensive School spent their weekend with staff from the Youth Engagement and Participation Service.

Together they practiced their team building, communication, interview, problem solving and observation skills, and learnt about children’s rights and safeguarding.

Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said, “The enthusiasm and the passion these young people showed throughout the weekend was a credit to themselves, and the schools projects they’re involved in.

Youth Inspectors play a vital role in ensuring that the activities provided to our young people and the centres in which they are delivered are in line with the national framework. The scheme also provides our Youth Inspectors with an excellent opportunity to learn and develop skills which will prove useful both in their role as a Youth Inspector and also for the future. ”

The existing team inspected Llanharan Drop-In Centre in August, and Mountain Ash YMCA in October. The new member’s first task in the New Year will be to inspect Hirwaun YMCA and attend further training on the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of a Child.

For more information contact the Entitlements Team on 01443 744106.