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Present Youth Mayor

Youth Mayor Katy Richards

On Friday 12th May 2023, the Youth Mayor Inauguration took place at the Civic Centre in Merthyr Tydfil.

Katy Richards who is 16 years of age and a student at Blessed Carlo Acutis Catholic School (formerly Bishop Hedley) became the 13th Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil.

Dylan Morgan Thomas who is 16 years of age and a student at Ysgol Rhydywaun became the Deputy Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil.

In her acceptance speech, the Youth Mayor outlined her three pledges for her term of office. Her first pledge being very personal to her to raise awareness and develop support for young people's mental health.

Katy’s second pledge is to work with and challenge the education for young people by ensuring young people’s mental health and wellbeing is high on the agenda and a key focus in schools, ensuring young people have the support to be the ‘best they can be’. 

Finally, Katy’s third pledge is to raise awareness and promote equal rights for those young people with additional learning needs or those who consider themselves to be disabled.

Katy said, “I am very passionate about this issue as I have severe hearing loss and ALN therefore, it is important to bring about change that is positive that will benefit young people”.

Katy also spoke about the young people saying that “it would not be possible for me to be in the role without the support of the remarkable young people of Merthyr Tydfil. It is their vote that got me into this position, and it is for them that I will work tirelessly and treat this office with the status and respect it deserves”.

Katy is a member of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Wide Youth Forum and would like more young people to get involved in the forum.

If you would like further information about how to get involved then please contact, Youth Support Participation Officers, Chloe Rees or Morgan Ellis Watkins at Safer Merthyr Tydfil on 01685 353999 or contact us via our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @MTYouthforum.


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