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Students’ conference to focus on tackling loneliness and isolation

  • Categories : Press Release
  • 11 Mar 2019

Pupils from all Merthyr Tydfil’s secondary and primary schools are set to attend an annual conference encouraging them to exchange views on topical matters.

The 2019 Youth Spring Conference at The College Merthyr Tydfil next week (13 March) will focus on Welsh Government’s Well-being of Future Generations Act and feature presentations from guest speakers on issues affecting children and young people, including loneliness and isolation.

Disability Sport Merthyr Chair Tom Evans will give a talk on his experience of growing up with, and overcoming, serious illness – being told by doctors that he would never walk again - and the improvements to his physical and mental health gained through taking part in sport and volunteering.

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil Chief Officer Ian Davy is speaking about Cwm Taf Public Service Board’s Well-being Plan, of which tackling loneliness and isolation is a major objective. He will say that hearing from the learners should ensure their voice can influence future planning and direction, as they are the future generation.

Other speakers include Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Chief Executive Gareth Chapman, who is also Vice-Chair of the Cwm Taf Public Service Board, and Council Leader Cllr Kevin O’Neill.

Gareth Chapman said: “These conferences are an ideal opportunity for our children and young people to voice their views on topical matters and to help inform planning for the future.

“Each year, we’re seeing more interest in them from the students who appreciate the chance to examine life issues and discuss how to cope with them. They leave feeling better informed and reassured that they’ll have support to face any difficulties they might encounter.”

For further media information, please contact Jackie Huybs on 01685 725087/ 07814 070239


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