A couple of weeks ago, young people who regularly visit a youth Pod in Holyhead, Anglesey, received a visit from two of their North Wales regional Assembly Members, Mark Isherwood AM and Michelle Brown AM.
Following a visit from the Youth Engagement team, when the young people learnt about the National Assembly for Wales and what it does, the young people asked whether their Assembly Members could visit them.
The young people were given the opportunity to speak to their Assembly Members about their role and to ask them questions. There were discussions around the way that Assembly Members are elected, Brexit, issues within schools and sexual health provision for young people.
Following the visit, one of the young people at the Pod, Caitlen from Holyhead, said, “I feel really proud that I have been involved in an event that raised awareness of issues affecting young people on Anglesey” and “I really felt as if I was being listened to and am excited that Mark Isherwood AM showed a particular interest and encouraged us to set up a petition to further our concerns”.
Since the visit, the group has begun collecting signatures for a petition that asks the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to reconsider the decision to withdraw Project Lydia’s funding and make funds available to reinstate the service on Anglesey. Project Lydia is a youth sexual health service that provides confidential youth clinics and SRE for all high schools, colleges and community groups on Anglesey.