New National Park Authority Youth Committee Meets

Youth Rangers and Authority members discuss the formation of the new Youth Committee.

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This week saw the inaugural meeting of the new National Park Authority Youth Committee, which is poised to giver young people a greater voice in the decision-making process at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, and ensure that services delivered by the Authority are as effective as possible in meeting their needs.

The Youth Committee came into being as a result of the EuroParc Youth Manifesto*. Drawn up in 2018, with Pembrokeshire Coast Youth Rangers playing a key role, the document covers many issues identified as important by young people from rural and protected areas across Europe. One of its most significant points was a call for younger generations to become more involved in the decisions that affect them.

This was welcomed by members of the Park Authority and, following in-depth discussions, it was decided that a Youth Committee should be formed.

The Authority is currently recruiting young people aged 12-25 to be part of this new Youth Committee.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority pathways coordinator Tom Moses said a residential weekend held in North Pembrokeshire between 13 and 15 March would allow new members to get to know each other and develop an understanding of the Park and the work of the Authority.

“As well as this, members will decide on priorities, how the Youth Committee will work and how it will feed in to the Park Authority. This will allow the young people to hit the ground running once regular committee meetings starting in April.”

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Tom Moses at tomm@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk, or phone 07773 788205.

*A copy of the EuroParc Youth Manifesto can be found at www.europarc.org/nature/young-people/youth-manifesto/

Youth Rangers played a key role in setting up the National Park Authority’s new Youth Committee.

Cyfarfod Cyntaf Pwyllgor Ieuenctid Newydd Awdurdod y Parc Cenedlaethol
 

Y mis hwn, bydd Pwyllgor Ieuenctid newydd yn cyfarfod am y tro cyntaf. Bwriad y pwyllgor yw rhoi llais cryfach i bobl ifanc yn y broses gwneud penderfyniadau yn Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro, a sicrhau bod y gwasanaethau sy’n cael eu darparu gan yr Awdurdod yn diwallu eu hanghenion mewn modd mor effeithiol â phosib.

Cafodd y Pwyllgor Ieuenctid ei sefydlu yn sgil Maniffesto Ieuenctid EuroParc*. Yn 2018, fe wnaeth Parcmyn Ieuenctid Arfordir Penfro chwarae rôl allweddol yn y broses o lunio’r ddogfen hon, sy’n mynd i’r afael â nifer o faterion sy’n bwysig i bobl ifanc o ardaloedd gwarchodedig a gwledig ledled Ewrop. Un o’r pwyntiau mwyaf arwyddocaol oedd bod cenedlaethau’r dyfodol eisiau cymryd mwy o ran yn y penderfyniadau sy’n effeithio arnyn nhw.

Croesawyd hyn gan Aelodau’r Parc Cenedlaethol ac, ar ôl cynnal trafodaethau manwl, penderfynwyd y dylid ffurfio Pwyllgor Ieuenctid.

Mae’r Awdurdod wrthi’n recriwtio pobl ifanc 12-25 oed i fod yn rhan o’r Pwyllgor Ieuenctid newydd yma.

Dywedodd Tom Moses, Cydlynydd Llwybrau Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro: “Bydd penwythnos preswyl yn cael ei gynnal yng Ngogledd Sir Benfro rhwng 13 a 15 Mawrth er mwyn i’r aelodau newydd ddod i adnabod ei gilydd a datblygu dealltwriaeth o’r Parc a gwaith yr Awdurdod.

“Bydd yr aelodau hefyd yn pennu blaenoriaethau’r Pwyllgor Ieuenctid, yn ogystal â sut bydd yn gweithio a sut bydd yn cyfrannu at waith Awdurdod y Parc. Bydd hyn yn caniatáu i’r bobl ifanc fwrw iddi’n syth pan fydd cyfarfodydd rheolaidd y pwyllgor yn cychwyn ym mis Ebrill.”

Mae llefydd ar ôl ar y Pwyllgor Ieuenctid newydd, hyd yn oed i’r rheini nad ydynt yn gallu dod i’r penwythnos preswyl. Dylai unrhyw un sy’n awyddus i gael rhagor o wybodaeth neu i wneud cais am le gysylltu â Tom Moses yn tomm@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk, neu ffonio 07773 788205.

*Mae Maniffesto Ieuenctid EuroParc ar gael yma www.europarc.org/nature/young-people/youth-manifesto/

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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