Llais Y Ddraig is the Youth Council for Girlguiding Cymru. It has at least two representatives from all fourteen counties. The members are aged between 16 and 25 and serve for a term of three years. Llais Y Ddraig is a council where members discuss Association and non-Association issues. Recent topics that have been discussed are the Broneirion Camp Fire Circle, Y Bwthyn, annual events, Teens & Twenties, Girlguiding uniform, rights of the child and SSAGS and Students moving to new areas when they go to university.
The Youth Council has a direct link with Girlguiding Cymru and the Chair of Llais serves on the Welsh Executive Committee, through which she is able to express the views and opinions of the Llais members. At their meetings, each representative on Llais is given an opportunity to express opinions and have input into discussions. The members are also encouraged to bring discussions and topics from their own counties and councils to the meetings. This is important to us as it means that the views of the youth within Wales are heard.
Llais Y Ddraig has taken an active role in many Girlguiding Cymru events including Teens & Twenties, In4mers training, Young Friends, the Royal Welsh Show – assisting the host county with their duties and organising evening entertainment for the Guides and many more!
2006 saw the 25th anniversary of Llais Y Ddraig, celebrating the success of Girlguiding Cymru’s Junior Council. Our aim is to make the next 25 years equally as successful and thank everyone for the support and membership over the years.
Examples of topics discussed and changes we have helped to implement include:
Senior Section opportunities within Wales and the UK
The promotion and image of Girlguiding Cymru
Broneirion Camp Fire circle
Senior Section & Guiders uniform
Senior Section CD
Welsh translation for publications and leaflets
Teens & Twenties
Get your voice heard
Make new friends
Provide something great for your CV
Build your confidence
Gain new skills
Open up new opportunities
Gain clauses towards your Queens Guide Award
Each County in Wales is looking to have an active junior council for members 14 – 26 years. These councils are able to feed back on issues and opinions from senior section members within counties. This allows for Senior Section within Wales to have a say on issues affecting them. If you have any topics or issues you would like Llais Y Ddraig to discuss, or would like feedback on previous discussions and debates, please email us on the address below.
Visit our Facebook group to join in discussions and debates or to ask Llais Y Ddraig any questions you would like answered!
If you are interested in being part on your county Junior Council or a member of Llais Y Ddraig please contact the Chair of Llais Y Ddraig, your County Commissioner or county Llais Y Ddraig representative.
Keep up to date with Girlguiding in Wales by reading the newsletter. Articles and pictures about your section, or news from your county is always welcome. If you have taken part in an event which you would like to tell us about, please send text and photographs to Walesreg@girlguiding.org.uk