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Learning Disability Wales looking for young disabled people to join new Welsh Youth Parliament

Date published: 17/09/2018


Are you a young disabled person interested in being a Welsh Youth Parliament Member and representing the logoviews of other young disabled people?

Wales will be launching the first youth parliament in January 2019 and Learning Disability Wales will be one of the partner organisations supporting young disabled people to have a voice.

Some of the key facts about the Welsh Youth Parliament:

  • 60 young people will make up the Welsh Youth Parliament;
  • 40 young people will be elected from constituency areas;
  • 20 young people will be elected through partner organisations;
  • They will be the Youth Parliament Member for two years from January 2019 to December 2021;
  • Young people must be aged 11 to 17;
  • Young people must live in Wales or be educated in Wales;
  • Learning Disability Wales will be electing two young people to represent young disabled people.

There are many ways young people can be involved:

Learning Disability Wales is busy getting ready to find two young people who they will support to be Youth Parliament Members. This is their plan for how they will do that:

  • During September they are meeting with groups of young disabled people to find out what skills and qualities they think the young person representing them should have. By the end of this time they will have created a job description;
  • On 1 October 2018 they will launch their search by sending out the job description and asking young people who are interested to send them a video, audio or written application letting them know why they fit the description and would be a good choice;
  • They will close those applications on 26 October 2018;
  • A panel of young people will then select four applications to be made public for voting;
  • Voting will run from 5 November to 16 November 2018;
  • Learning Disability Wales will let the Wales Youth Parliament know who has been successful and they will announce the names during the week beginning 10 December 2018.

Please note - votes will be taken from members of Learning Disability Wales. There will be one vote per organisation or member.

If you are not a member and would like to be involved, their membership is free so please get in touch. You can find out about the benefits of being a member of Learning Disability Wales on their website.  

If you have any questions and would like to find out more, contact Zoe Richards, Young Person and Carers Manager, E: zoe.richards@ldw.org.uk or T: 029 2068 1160.


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