New Leaf Forum was set up by young people living on the Rover Way site in Cardiff – they meet every week if they can and are supported by Cardiff Play Services, Seren in the Community and Communities First Education worker
Here’s what one member Bronwyn Price had to say about the recent Regional Forum event she attended:
“In the morning was about having our voices heard and I think they all listened to our opinions, although the afternoon was fun we all was dancing, boxing, and playing dodgeball.”
When asked about how the forum events help to contribute to the young people’s development, Bronwyn wrote “I’ve become more confident in speaking to people I don’t know, and overcome my differences”.
In the forum we met John Griffiths, Labour AM and Chair of Equality, Local Government and Communities committee.
We asked how the Assembly could ensure that life was more fair and equal for young Gypsy and Traveller people, and he replied that education was key. Our young people explained that they have not been able to attend college and he said he was not aware of the situation, but would find out more about it.
We also met Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. We asked him what advice he could give us in improving relations between people who live on a site, and the local police. He was not aware of the situation that the site the young people live on frequently gets locked down by the police, and suggested that we got in touch with our local Police and Crime Commissioner
The afternoon events included a dance workshop, and sports which were enjoyed by everyone