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Written by on 15th November 2016

Around 250 young people attended the re-launch of the Council’s Youth Engagement and Participation Service Young People’s website,

Aimed at young people living within Rhondda Cynon Taf, aged 11 to 25 years, the event took place at Rhondda Sports Centre, which included Theatrical Make-up and DJ workshops, 5×60 sports activities such as Parkour and much more.

Information was also shared with young people about the development of the RCT County Youth Forum, with the first meeting due to take place in December.

The website originally launched in May 2011 to offer young people their first taste of journalism and opportunities within the creative industries.  The website is also a hub for young people, offering information on many subjects, including money management, housing and education.

The new editor of the website is Samuel Gill, 22, a Media, Culture and Journalism graduate from the University of South Wales.

Many organisations were invited to speak to young people at the re-launch about the services they offer, including New Horizons, Heads Above the Waves, TEDs, The National Assembly for Wales and the Armed Forces.

Cllr Mark Norris, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said:

“It was a great pleasure to be a part of the re-launch event at Rhondda Sports Centre. So many of our young people from all around the County Borough came along, showing their support for the Wicid website.

“Our Young People carry out some amazing work around the County Borough, much of which is now being highlighted on the new social media accounts of the Council’s Youth Engagement and Participation Service.

“Through the re-launch of Wicid, the development of specific social media accounts for young people, and the introduction of the County Wide Youth Forum – which is due to meet for the first time in December – we are developing the ways in which we engage with young people across the county borough and ensuring there are a range of ways in which they can have their say.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish Samuel Gill and all the young people of Rhondda Cynon Taf every success with their project.”

Since 2011, hundreds of young people have engaged with website, going on to gain valuable qualifications in Creative Writing, Photography, Introduction to Journalism and Film-making.

For all the latest news and updates on the project visit or follow the  Council’s Youth Engagement and Participation Service on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

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