A politically-enthusiastic teenage RHAYADER takes his first steps towards playing a crucial role in local democracy by winning support to reintroduce a youth club to the town of Radnorshire.
Tyler Chambers, 17, a sixth-year law, politics and business student, describes youth clubs as the “fabric of many communities” and he has been knocking on doors in the town of Elan Valley, trying to bring back a youth club for the benefit of the other young residents – who have not had such an establishment since 2016.
Tyler, who started his campaign in early October, said: “In my opinion, youth clubs are crucial for the development of young people.
“In addition to many other things, they provide opportunities for social connection, character development, life skills, and participation in their community.
“Youth clubs provide young people with a safe environment in their neighborhood where they can interact and participate in a variety of positive activities. It forges friendships by fostering a sense of community among young people.
“With young people’s mental health becoming a major concern, I believe it is in the interest of the young people of Rhayader to provide a place where young people can talk and interact.”
Tyler has gained experience over the summer working with local politicians Fay Jones, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, and Senedd member James Evans, and it’s obvious he’s following in their footsteps, and others.
“I have currently attended 3 meetings with various members of the community where I exchanged thoughts and ideas on how we can reintroduce a youth club to Rhayader,” said Tyler, who created his own questionnaire. for people living locally to complete. .
“It became clear, a youth club is not just something Rhayader wants but something Rhayader needs.
“The questionnaire provides insight into community demand for a youth club and provides me with the statistics I can offer to strengthen our view of a stronger and more united community.
“I also knocked on the doors of my community to find out the public opinion. I managed to knock on 53 doors and out of those 53, I got 50 signatures to my petition.
Last week, Tyler said he attended a constructive meeting with members of the Rhayader community who can play a vital role in his mission. He said thoughts on why a youth club is needed were discussed as well as identifying any obstacles that might arise.
“I look forward to more meetings,” he added.
“Moving forward, I will now start collecting data through the questionnaire. It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete and share.
To view the questionnaire, click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0hQlAeMVy652dqCqJFMOr6umTqiEx7BQguE2hZxAbYp_Scg/viewform.