The Welsh Youth Parliament

Published: 01 October 2021

You might already be aware that the Welsh Youth Parliament is a made up of 60 11-18 year olds from across Wales. 40 of the 60 Welsh Youth Parliament Members will be returned through national, online elections in November, while 20 of the 60 Welsh Youth Parliament Members will be returned by partner organisations to ensure the representation of diverse groups of young people.

The first set of Welsh Youth Parliament Members elected gained invaluable skills during their two year term. We would be grateful if your councillors could help encourage your young people who are eligible, to engage with this opportunity to register to vote and vote in the online elections. It would also be extremely useful if you could encourage parents, guardians, carers and tutors to engage and encourage young people to take part. We would also appreciate your support in sharing this information with the Mayor (if applicable) and/or your fellow councillors. Senedd Cymru Cardiff Bay CF99 1SN October 2021 With the voting franchise extended to include 16 and 17 year olds in Wales, we believe more strongly than ever that young people take part in the democratic process and have their voices heard.

For your information the key dates are: Registration to vote 3 June – 12 November 2021 National online elections 1 – 22 November 2021 Member announcement December 2021 First national meeting of the Welsh Youth Parliament February 2022

Over recent months staff from the Senedd’s Education and Youth Engagement Team have delivered online engagement sessions to school, colleges and youth groups to help promote the recent Senedd elections, work of the Senedd and Welsh Youth Parliament (WYP). These sessions will continue online, until face to face sessions can resume.

Details about upcoming training can be found here https://senedd.wales/visit/education-andyouth-engagement/train-the-trainer/ We also have a wide range of resources available and details on how to sign up for the Education newsletter can be found here. For further information, please email hello@youthparliament.wales or you can visit the youth parliament website www.youthparliament.wales. Please also follow us on twitter @welshyouthparl @seneddieuenctidcymru.