by Jamie Evans, Plaid Cymru County Councillor for Neath South
During these strange times I unfortunately found myself having to shield from the virus as someone in the high risk group. I was unable to get out and about to help community activists deliver goods and services to the most vulnerable and needy in my community, this was incredibly frustrating for me as an otherwise healthy twenty-something. However I was heartened to see young people in my family, my street, my town and across Wales step up to the plate and volunteer their time to ensure those in need did not go without.
Young people often get a bad press for being disengaged and un-interested in their community and the world around us. However activists such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg have shown when we get involved in a movement, the world stops and takes note.
I now unfortunately find myself out of the 18-24 age bracket, but was delighted to see that it is this generation that is the main driving force in the Welsh independence movement, with 41% of people in the age range in favour of an independent Wales.
For too long the political establishment have ignored young people and betrayed their trust on issues such as free milk, university tuition fees and low wages. But the shift in attitudes of the youth of Wales should be a serious wake up call to those in positions of power. Our voice will be heard, and our time will come! If you’d like to get involved with plaid Ifanc Neath, find us on Twitter or FB!