Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil

Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil

Hi, I am Sacha Thomas and I am the Youth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, with me is Lauren Davies and she is currently the Deputy Youth Mayor.

To be the Youth Mayor is a two year commitment. The first year I shadowed the Youth Mayor in her Civic duties. Civic duties include being the first Youth Citizen for the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil. The Youth Mayor acts as a role model to raise the positive profile of young people in Merthyr Tydfil. Other civic duties are to attend events with the Mayor such as: Civic Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, switching on the Christmas lights in Merthyr and other appropriate events.

As the Mayor, I have been able to nominate a charity of my choice and raise funds to support it. I have done this by organising several band nights, which have been really successful. I have been able to meet lots of young people from across the borough. I have also met and talked with the Mayor, commissioners, the Chief Executive of Merthyr Tydfil, and cabinet members in order to put across the importance of involving young people when making decisions about issues that concern them.

(Image 3)(with text) From left: Lauren Davies and Sacha Thomas.

I have given presentations at several events and conferences. I recently took part in a young person’s panel event at the Bevan Health Conference in Cardiff with Chloe Rees, who is a member of the Merthyr Tydfil Borough Wide Youth Forum. The purpose of the conference

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