A Caerphilly councillor has been re-elected as the area’s youth champion for a record third time.
Cllr Mike Prew, who represents the Morgan Jones ward for Plaid Cymru, said he was delighted to have been chosen to represent the views of youngster throughout the county borough for a third year.
He was originally voted in as youth champion in 2008 as part of a special competition called ‘I’m a Councillor – Get me out of here!’
Cllr Prew said: “It is vital that young people take an active part in local democracy and have a say on issues that will affect their future and I’m delighted to continuing as a voice for young people.”
The youth champion’s role is to ensure that youngsters’ views are considered during the council’s decision-making and that full consideration is given to the impact of council activities on them.
He said: “I have had a fabulous last year as youth champion, travelling the whole of the borough and meeting some interesting people, both young and old.
“I’ve promoted my role as youth champion in a very active and constructed approach and built up the increasing profile of the position, working with a superb team of young people and youth workers. I am honoured to work alongside and front an excellent youth service which is the envy of other local authorities.”
Some of the activities Cllr Prew was involved in last year included organising a trip to the Millennium Stadium, a Caerphilly Question Time event and The Apprentice event at the Big Cheese.