Over 3,700 young people take part in RCT Youth Vote 2019

More than 3,700 young people engage in RCT Youth Vote 2019

RCT youth vote

More than 3,700 young people took part in the RCT Youth Vote 2019 run by the Youth Engagement and Participation Service (YEPS) – and they voted for mental health to be the subject of a new £10,000 project.

The RCT Youth Vote 2019 turned youth clubs and schools into polling stations from July 8-12, with the project aimed at tackling potential barriers for young people who want to vote. In total 22 youth clubs took part, while every school in the County Borough was given the opportunity to run a polling station

Voters had their say on which subject would become the focus of a new £10,000 project run by YEPS. They chose from three worthwhile options – tackling youth homelessness in RCT, exploring the fear of knife crimes in RCT, and raising awareness/ supporting positive mental health in RCT.

On July 19, YEPS announced that 3,766 votes were received in total, along with 21 spoiled votes. Supporting positive mental health received the most support (1,736 votes), with tackling youth homelessness (1,239 votes) and exploring the fear of knife crime (791 votes) placing second and third.

The RCT Youth Vote 2019 followed findings last year which suggested 76% of young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf feel there is not enough education or information on how to vote, when they reach voting age. It also revealed 67% of young people in the County Borough would like to vote at the age of 16.

New Early Years System in R.C.T

R.C.T Cabinet recently approved a change to the early years system in R.C.T subject to approval by Welsh Government.

Previously access to the Flying Start provision was limited to strict postcode areas resulting in many families missing out on the service. A number of residents in the Nant y Fedw, Maes y Ffynonn and Abercynon areas have contacted us in recent years about this issue and the fact that they have been unable to benefit from the scheme.

The change approved by R.C.T Council Cabinet will now mean that the Flying Start provision will be available on an assessed need basis that is not limited by postcode areas.

For more information please visit the Family Information Service webpage here:


Rhys & Elaine

‘Glamorgan’s Blood’ Collection & Abercynon Colliery

Residents may not know that we are members of the Glamorgan Archives Committee. IMG_0179The committee oversees the running of the joint archive covering most of South Wales. Its is based in Leckwith, Cardiff.

We have been finding out more about the ‘Glamorgan’s Blood’ project. The project brings together a collection of National Coal Board documents and maps dating back to the early 1900’s.

It was a delight for us to see some maps of the mine workings of Abercynon Colliery (Dowlais Cardiff) from 1933. Both of us have a historical connection to Abercynon Colliery with many of our family members having worked at the coal mine. Many others in Abercynon Ward will have a similar link to the former colliery at Abercynon. The archive is free to access and offers tours to groups and schools. The archive has thousands of historical documents and artefacts related to South Wales.

For more information please visit:https://glamarchives.gov.uk

For more information about ‘Glamorgan’s Blood’ visit: https://glamarchives.wordpress.com/…/glamorgans-blood-dark…/

Rhys & Elaine