Youth Participation Service

Safer Merthyr Tydfil via a service contract delivers Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s borough wide Youth Participation Service ensuring young people within the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil are provided with the opportunity to influence and shape the services that affect them in line with the UNCRC rights of the child.

The Merthyr Tydfil Borough Wide Youth Forum (MTBWYF) meets bi monthly at the Voluntary Action Centre, 89-90 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil -6.30pm to 8.00pm. These meetings are open to all young people in the Borough 11- 25 years of age.


The Youth Cabinet is made up of members from MTBWYF who are interested in making sure young people are seen, listened to and their voices are heard and make a difference to services for young people.

Being a member of MTBWYF can have a positive impact on the lives of young people by:

  • Increasing young people’s knowledge and self esteem
  • Assisting young people to recognise and aspire to their goals and aspirations
  • Gain confidence speaking in public
  • Develop projects and resources around issues that affect young people
  • Have a greater understanding of the democratic system
  • Challenge the decision-making process

Young people 11 to 23 years of age can nominate themselves as a candidate for the Youth Mayor role. During the first year they will serve as the Deputy Youth Mayor and the second year will take on the role of Youth Mayor. The Youth Mayor is a role model for young people in the Borough and is expected to attend functions and events with Merthyr Tydfil’s Mayor. The Youth Mayor is also invited to attend events and functions that are relevant to the successes and celebrations of young people.

We work closely with Democratic services to ensure that every young person can vote for who they want to represent them as the Youth Mayor. The Hustings/voting takes place annually in October and the Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor are inaugurated into their role in May the following year.







Youth Mayor Krystian Maciejczyk

Deputy Youth Mayor Andrew Millar

For further information about the programme or how to get involved, please contact: Janice Watkins Tel: 01685 353999   email –


In My House…. Yn Fy Nhy

MTBWYF supported by Safer Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil Youth Services and Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board has produced an animation on the issue of child on parent domestic abuse.

To view “In My House”, please select this link. (Welsh version here).

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