Stephen issues “call to arms” over youth provision: Community meeting to be held in Llanrumney

Stephen has been joined by Labour Llanrumney Councillors Heather Joyce and Derrick Morgan, Labour AM Vaughan Gething and local resident and Chair of Cardiff Youth Council Rob Green, to issue a “call to arms” to people in Llanrumney to fight for better services and support for children and young people in the area.

SDCROPPED July 2012 041As Tory-Lib Dem cuts from the UK government force Cardiff Council to make tough choices about the future of both the youth service and support to other youth organisations, the Llanrumney representatives have warned that there is a growing risk that young people in the area are left behind with fewer alternatives for sports and activities outside of school hours.

Speaking of his concerns, Stephen said: “Local services for young people in Llanrumney are under threat, and it is vital that the community speaks with one voice to stand up for the area and find solutions to ensure youth work, sports and activities for young people out of school can continue in the area.

“It is simply not acceptable to me that Llanrumney could lose further community facilities and resources. Local residents feel like they and their children are being left behind. We need to find creative solutions to tackle the funding challenges and make sure we listen to what young people have to say.”

Vaughan Gething AM said: “There are voluntary organisations in Llanrumney doing brilliant work with our young people such as football and rugby teams, the Llanrumney Phoenix boxing club and the Scouts – but with threats to the youth service and increasing competition for grants, it is vital everyone works together to secure safe places for young people.”

Rob Green, a young Llanrumney resident and Chair of Cardiff Youth Council said: “We need to listen to what young people in Llanrumney are saying. As someone who has grown up in Llanrumney and benefitted from youth services I know that there are huge needs in our area. We can’t let Llanrumney be left behind.”

Stephen and the local Councillors are urging young people and residents who want to join them in fighting to support local services to attend a community meeting, from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, December 18, at the John Reynolds Centre, Ball Road, Llanrumney.

Councillor Heather Joyce said: “Residents are rightly concerned after the closure of Llanrumney High that other services for young people could move out of the area. We all want to see the new school built – but it is vital that young people in Llanrumney are not left out when it comes to other community facilities.”

Councillor Derrick Morgan added: “I am increasingly worried that people are coming up with plans for the East of Cardiff that don’t reflect the needs or the geography of our local area. We need to speak with one voice to fight for young people in Llanrumney going forward, so I hope people will attend our meeting December 18.”



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