By Lesley Griffiths

MS for Wrexham

Engaging with young people is a key element and enjoyable aspect of my job and it was a pleasure to talk with students from Ysgol Bryn Alyn.

The virtual meeting was arranged by The Politics Project. This educational organisation specialises in running digital surgeries which aim to build relationships between young people and their politicians.

During the Q&A session we discussed a range of topics from the impact of exams to Wrexham becoming a city.

The programme is a great way to engage young people in politics and I am grateful to The Politics Project for organising the event.

Earlier this year, I approached all Wrexham’s secondary schools, as well as Coleg Cambria, highlighting the work of The Politics Project so I hope to take part in more surgeries with students in the not-too-distant future.

Carers who look after an adult or disabled child can apply for grants of up to £300 to pay for food and household items, thanks to a new Welsh Government fund.

Up to £4.5 million will be invested in the Carers Support Fund over the next three years, with £1.5 million each financial year. Support services will also be made available, such as counselling, financial advice, well-being and peer support.

This fund was originally established by the Welsh Government in October 2020 when it became clear unpaid carers were struggling with finances as a result of the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the ongoing repercussions coupled with the cost-of-living crisis means people are still facing financial hardship.

Unpaid carers went above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic and I hope this practical and financial support from the Welsh Labour Government can offer some respite and provide greater reassurance to those struggling to make ends meet.

After Wales’ historic win against Ukraine which guaranteed our place at the World Cup for the first time since 1958, I have been contacted by constituents enquiring whether a fan zone could be provided in Wrexham during the campaign.

I’ve written to Wrexham Council and while I recognise creating a fan zone in the winter months may be more challenging, I hope there is sufficient time to plan ahead and find solutions before Wales’ opening match against USA on 21 November.

For most people, this will be the first time they have ever seen Wales play at a World Cup.

It promises to be a special occasion and I hope we, as a city, make the most of this incredible opportunity.