Student Voice is facilitated by the Youth Empowerment Officer, as part of the Big Lottery funded Community Voice Programme, a national initiative, run locally by Interlink.
Within Rhondda Cynon Taf, Community Voice consists of eight partners, each working with a different section of the community to support and enable people’s views and opinions to be expressed.
Student Voice supports and enables young people to have their views and opinions listened to and acted upon across a range of issues both inside the College and out in the wider community.
As part of this, we have a school council, a community action group and plans are well underway to launch a wider youth forum that will link in with other young people from across the area.
The Student Council is an elected body of students, consisting of one boy and girl for each of years 7-11, elected by their peers. They are supported by a Head Boy and Head Girl, who are elected by both staff and their peers.
The council meet regularly to look at issues both inside and outside the College. Regular updates of their activity are posted on the website under “Projects”.
Community Action Group
The community action group is a group of post sixteen students, who have come together under the “Get Involved” scheme, that work across as wide range of issues. Some of the group recently performed and presented at the “Community Voice” conference, “Actions speak louder than words, and the group also held a coffee morning for McMillan cancer charity.
Other students have completed a three day “Appreciative Inquiry” training program and will be working with the whole community on a new project aimed at improving relationships between the school, parents, teachers and the wider community.