Wales launched the second Youth Parliament in January 2022 and Learning Disability Wales is one of the partner organisations supporting young disabled people to have a voice.
1 January 2022 – 31 December 2023. For more information visit the Welsh Youth Parliament website.
Learning Disability Wales is proud to be working with Welsh Youth Parliament for a second term as a partner organisation. We are supporting Welsh Youth Parliament Members Georgia Miggins, from Swansea, and Tegan Skyrme, from Pembrokeshire, to speak up at the Welsh Youth Parliament on behalf of other young disabled people in Wales.
About the Welsh Youth Parliament
Voted for by young people
60 young people aged 11 – 18 are your Welsh Youth Parliament Members.
40 of them were elected by young people voting in the Youth Parliament election in November 2021. The remaining 20 have been elected by young people from partner organisations. Learning Disability Wales is proud to be one of these organisations.
Putting the Welsh Youth Parliament together this way makes sure there is representation from diverse groups of young people.
Run by young people
The issues that the Welsh Youth Parliament raise awareness of are chosen by young people, backed by the young people you chose to be your Welsh Youth Parliament Members.
Your Welsh Youth Parliament Members highlight and debate your issues at a national level, gathering views from other young people across the country and working with those with the power to make change.
How the Youth Parliament works
Every two-year session of the Welsh Youth Parliament:
- Empowers Wales’ young people to identify, raise awareness of and debate the important issues to young people.
- Listens to young people in Wales, represent their views, and act on the issues that are important to them.
- Works with young people in Wales, share what the Youth Parliament is doing with the issues they have raised.
Our Welsh Youth Parliament Members
Georgia Miggins – Welsh Youth Parliament Member
Georgia is 17 and lives in Swansea. She is autistic and passionate about raising awareness of autism in girls and increasing the representation of disabled people in society. Georgia said, “I know how important it is for somebody with disabilities to feel like they’re inspired and being represented when they see somebody like me who has a disability like them in this Youth Parliament role”. She is also keen to raise issues around mental health and the lack of suitable leisure opportunities for young people.
Tegan Skyrme – Welsh Youth Parliament Member
Tegan, 15, is from Pembrokeshire and wants to ensure that young people living in rural parts of Wales have their voices heard. Tegan is visually impaired and passionate about representing the rights of disabled young people. In her application video Tegan said, “I know all too well what it’s like to not be given enough or the right support both in schools and in day-to-day life. I also know what it’s like to be treated differently both for my disability and for being a member of the LGBTQ plus community, which is another group which I would be extremely proud to represent.”