YOUNG people aged 11-25 who are keen to make a difference and have their say on issues in the county are being invited to attend Carmarthenshire Youth Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The Youth Council is made up of 42 young people from across the county who represent the views of young people to those in positions of influence and raise issues of relevance to them, with the intention of making a change for the benefit of all young people in the county.
Recent campaigns include the ongoing national ‘Votes@16’ campaign which is trying to lower the current voting age from 18 to 16 years old and raising awareness of mental health in young people through their #storiharriet campaign.
The AGM on Wednesday, April 25 will also be a chance for the Youth Council to look back on their achievements over the past year and discuss and share their views on issues and campaigns they want to look at addressing in the coming year. The election of new officers will also take place at the meeting in the Chamber at County Hall in Carmarthen from 5-7pm.
Attending the meeting will be Gareth Morgans, Director of Education and Children services; Councillor Emlyn Dole, Leader of the Council; Councillor Glynog Davies, Executive Board Member for Education & Children; members of the executive board; Chair and Vice Chair of Scrutiny and senior managers from education and children’s services.
Cllr Glynog Davies, executive board member for education and children’s services, said: “Members of the Youth Council do great work and it’s a privilege to work with this team of young people and seeing what they achieve – especially in the last year. I look forward to continuing to work and support the Youth Council this year and I would urge any young person who wants to be involved in making a difference for the benefit of other young people in the county to come along and find out more about the Youth Council at the AGM.”
Chairperson of Carmarthenshire Youth Council, Brittany Alsop-Bingham, aged 20, from Garnant, said: “After all the hard work that the Youth Council has been doing over the last 12 months it will be nice to see the new members of the CYC all together for our AGM, I am really looking forward to getting everyone involved in our work going forward.”
If you would like more information or are interested in coming along to find out about the Youth Council then please contact Carmarthenshire County Council’s Participation and Children’s Rights Team on 01267 246435 or Participation@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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