DELYN AM Sandy Mewies has met members of the Afasic Cymru youth club project New Dragons.
New Dragons is for young people in Flintshire aged 11-18 with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and is based at the Argoed School Youth Wing in Mynydd Isa, near Mold, on Thursday evenings.
It was set up by Afasic Cymru, the only organisation in Wales representing children and young people with SLCN. The New Dragons club meets weekly and is open to pupils from all Flintshire schools.
Mrs Mewies said: “It was good to meet the young people involved with the group and see how much they enjoyed the opportunity the sessions give for socialising and just having a good time.
“I was impressed by the range of things they take part in with members becoming competent public speakers as well as taking part in other activities, attending residentials, accredited courses and learning about independent living skills.”
She added: “One of the most recent events has been a photographic exhibition at Flint Library. Members of the Afasic photographic club took pictures at various locations including the Dee Estuary, Flint Castle and the Greenfield Valley.
“It is an illustration of the varied programme the club runs and the support the young people are given to enjoy their leisure time and to learn new skills which will help their confidence and communication.”
Research indicates six per cent of children and young people – an average of two children in every class – will be affected by speech, language and communication needs. That is a total of more than one million across the UK which is the equivalent of 12,500 children in North Wales.
Mrs Mewies added: “The work that Afasic Cymru carries out is not just about helping to represent children and young adults with communication impairments it is also about supporting parents and carers.”