LLANELLI’S Member of the Senedd Lee Waters is hosting a Kids Question Time session next Friday evening at 5pm.

The event will be held over Zoom, with children from the Llanelli constituency aged 8-13 encouraged to register and submit questions on any topic.

Speaking of the need to listen and involve young people, Mr Waters said: “This has been a tough time for a lot of children, and I’m sure many in the Llanelli area will have experiences and questions to share and discuss.”

“As their representative in the Senedd, I want to hear first-hand how our young people are finding going back to school, coping with stress, and their views on the future of our area” Lee said.

Speaking to local youth club staff last week, Mr Waters said “Children have been living in a very odd and unnatural environment during lockdown. Having told them what they can’t do during this lockdown, we urgently need to listen to their views on what we can and should be doing in the months ahead.”

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As schools across Wales reopen this week, the children’s commissioner Sally Holland said: “We need to pull together now to remove barriers that are preventing our children from learning and our teachers from teaching.”

Lee Waters said “Particularly for children missing youth clubs and similar social spaces, we need to think creatively about improving their physical and mental wellbeing. I’ve noticed this with my own kids, who tell me that for all the benefits of Skype and Zoom, they’re getting really bored and frustrated staring at a screen. We need to put children’s needs at the centre of the debate, and I’m looking forward to discussing these topics next Friday.”

Parents and carers living in the Llanelli constituency can register their child at: https://www.leeforllanelli.wales/kids-question-time/

Alternatively, they can email lee.waters@senedd.wales  with their child’s first name, age and their question, story or idea. Joining instructions will be sent out on the day of the event.

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