Jacob Ashton Riddle
Vale of Clwyd
My key issues are:
Better mental health support
Support with exam stress
Engagement/involvement in the community
A pupil at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, Abergele, I am on the school council, an active member of the school’s news-gathering team, a Volunteer North Wales Police Cadet, and a community events volunteer in my area.
Last winter, whilst volunteering at a community event, I talked to a homeless lady about sleeping rough during one of the coldest nights of the year. It got me thinking how easy it can be for people to slip through the cracks. It’s not something I wish for my generation and I wondered how I could help my peers avoid similar fates. Over the last few months, I have met with and surveyed 11-18-year-olds, asking them what issues matter most. I have also met with teachers, councillors, MPs and counsellors to consider the challenges facing youngsters. I have always been someone who wants to support his peers. I know change doesn’t come overnight but, through the Welsh Youth Parliament, I would welcome the opportunity to help shape a better future for us all by pushing for young people to have:
1. Better mental health support
2. Support with exam stress
3. Engagement and involvement in the community
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