Tag: Young People

Scouts Wales – Democracy Challenge Badge

Back in 2012 the National Assembly for Wales’ Outreach team formalised a partnership with Scouts Wales in order to provide them with resources for their Democracy Challenge Badge. The Democracy Challenge is intended to encourage young people to explore the democratic processes of the United Kingdom, Wales and Local Authorities in order that they are better placed to make their own judgements in the future and take an appropriate part in democracy in society.

Resources have been created by the Outreach team in order for leaders to have guidelines and activities in place to complete the requirements of the badge. Once completed the Scouts receive the badge below:

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Over the last couple of months the Outreach team have been busy promoting these resources with Scout leaders from all across Wales and have attended numerous events in order to do this.

Back in June the National Assembly for Wales’ Outreach bus was present at the Scouts Wales Scout Camp in Builth Wells and the Outreach team spoke to over 1,000 Scouts about the work of the Assembly. Scouts also received the opportunity to have their say on their recycling services by filling in a questionnaire.

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Following this the Outreach team visited a number of Scout groups across Wales to introduce them to the Democracy Challenge Badge and to help them on their way to completing the requirements. These groups included Wrexham Beaver and Cub Scouts. The group received an introductory workshop which gave them the opportunity to vote in a mini election. Following on from the workshop the group visited the Senedd in Cardiff in order to help them complete one of the requirements of the badge, which asks them to find out about the Senedd and to create a poster to explain to an adult who it is that meets there.

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Susan Mort, the Cub Scout Leader said:

“Wrexham District cubs visited the Senedd in Cardiff to find out about how their Parliament works and to learn about the meaning of the structure and fabrics used in its construction which is all part of Wales heritage.

We had a successful visit from Caryl who works for the Outreach team visiting organisations giving presentations on the Welsh Assembly. Beavers and Cubs from 6 to 10 and a half years old found out about the Senedd then took a vote on what they thought was most important to them which included sport and education.

As young as they are, they all took part and the results showed how aware they are of the importance of things like education.”

On Saturday 18 September 2014 the Outreach Team were present at the Scouts Wales AGM and Conference at Builth Wells High School. We set up a stand with hard copies of the resources and information publications for leaders to take home with them.

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The Outreach team then had the opportunity to give a presentation on the partnership between the National Assembly for Wales and Scouts Wales with regards to the Democracy Challenge Badge, how leaders can get hold of resources and to encourage as many leaders as possible to take up the challenge with their groups.

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Following the AGM and Conference the Outreach Team spoke to Debbie Tanner who is the Senior Development Officer for Scouts Wales. Below, Debbie tells us what she thinks of the resources created for the Democracy Challenge Badge.

If you would like any further information on the resources, or would like a member of the Outreach team to come out and speak to your Scout group then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01492 523219 or outreachteam@wales.gov.uk

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Government and Politics conference 2012

Today, Siambr Hywel welcomes 100 sixth form students to debate, create petitions, and write manifestos with AMs and Assembly staff.

Photos will be online later today.

Students from the following schools will be at the Assembly today: Caerleon Comprehensive, Croesyceiliog Comprehensive, Gwent College Crosskeys, Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Syr Hugh Owen, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari, Llanishen High School, Cardiff 6th Form College, Ysgol Bryn Tawe.

The Assembly in your Area – Bridgend KPC Youth Club have their say, 8 December 2011

On Thursday 8 December 2011 young people from Bridgend KPC Youth Club were involved in the National Assembly’s consultation on the Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009 which is currently being looked at by the Assembly’s Children and Young People Committee. The group filled in questionnaires asking for their opinions on how effective the law has been. Participants included Logan Hickey from Llanhari Comprehensive School and Daniel Jones from Cynffig Comprehensive School.

The Assembly in your Area – Sandfields Youth Club have their say, 22 November 2011

On 22 November, the National Assembly’s Outreach Manager in South West Wales delivered a presentation to young people from Sandfields Youth Club. The group heard how they can get involved in the work of the Assembly and have their voices heard, specifically through the Petitions and Children and Young People’s Committee. The group also gave evidence to the inquiry into the Learning and Skills Measure (Wales) 2009, which aims to give 14 to 19 year olds in Wales more choices in the courses they select at school or college. Their contributions will help the Committee’s review of the success of the Measure, and the impact it has had on the lives of young people in Wales.

The Assembly in your Area – Consultation event with Aelwyd yr Ynys, 15 November 2011

On Tuesday evening 15 November 2011, the Assembly’s Outreach Manager in north Wales visited Aelwyd yr Ynys, Ynys Môn with questionnaires for the Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009. The Committee want to know what effect the Measure has had on young people 14 to 19 years of age. The group received a presentation on the work of the Assembly and learnt how the National Assembly for Wales Committees scrutinise the Welsh Government. Assembly Members on the Committee will take a look at the evidence they receive and decide which parts of the law are working well and which parts are working not so well.

Destiny Africa Children’s Choir return to the Pierhead – 1 November 2011

The National Assembly for Wales is pleased to announce that, following their successful visit last May, the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir will return to Wales to perform in the Pierhead on the evening of Tuesday 1 November.

The performance, as part of their Rhythms of Life European Tour, will give the audience the opportunity to learn of the inspirational story of the children from the Kampala Children’s Centre in Uganda.

A limited number of free spaces are available to see the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir in the Pierhead and can be applied for by contacting Assembly.Bookings@Wales.gov.uk or 0845 010 5500