Positive meeting with Eryri Young Farmers
Members of Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet have held a constructive meeting with representatives from the Eryri Young Farmers, discussing how the organisations can continue to work together in future.
A positive discussion was held with Eryri Young Farmers officers regarding the challenging financial situation and proposed changes to the way the Council funds the youth sector. The meeting was also an opportunity to consider what practical support the Council can offer to the organisation and how the organisations could work together in the future here in Gwynedd.
Tudur Parry, Chairman of the Eryri YFC’s Finance and Staffing Committee: "We were pleased to meet with Gwynedd Council Cabinet Members - it was a constructive meeting. We had a chance to discuss, share ideas about opportunities to work together and how we can move ahead and prepare for the future.
"As a movement, we were eager to make it clear that we realise that change is likely and that we’re ready for the challenge. At a local level, we are already preparing for change by moving our office from Glynllifon to the NFU offices in Caernarfon free of charge, and the movement’s 100 savings club has been boosted and the members have been raised to 200 in numbers.”
Gwynedd Council Leader, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, said: "The Young Farmers and its members undoubtedly make a huge contribution and as an organisation they are committed to contributing to their communities.
"I am extremely grateful to the local Eryri officers for being so willing to have an honest discussion with us. We had a constructive meeting and considered how we can work together in the future and how the Council can offer practical support so that they can ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation locally.
"Of course, we cannot ignore the fact that the Council faces a tightening budget. The funding available to us to deliver public services here in Gwynedd is reducing due to general cuts driven by the Westminster Government. However, it is clear from our recent discussion with the Young Farmers that that the Council and the organisation in Snowdonia alike are alert to the challenges ahead and are ready for the challenge.
"The Young Farners has already put plans in place locally to respond to the financial challenges. What was clear at the end of our meeting was that we all, the Council and the Eryri Young Farmers are committed to working together and continuing a dialogue for the future. "
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Council Cabinet Member for youth services added: "I’d like to thank Eryri Young Farmers for meeting with us - it was a good opportunity to discuss the youth sector and to consider how we’ll be able to work together in the future.
"I think that representatives from the Young Farmers we met see that we have little option but to look again at the way we offer youth services in the future. It is clear from the regular conversations and consultations we’ve held over the last couple of years that the needs and expectations of young people are changing and we must adapt to that.
"I hope the Young Farmers see that we as a Council are very open to continuing to work with them in the future. It was a constructive meeting, and we are also in the process of arranging a meeting with represetatives of the Meirionnydd Young Farmers.
“Whatever the situation will be in future, there will be obvious opportunities open to the organisation to contribute to youth services that the Council could commission and we are very open to discussing those with them."
PHOTOGRAPH: (From left to right - back row) Morgan Parry FUW; Councillor, Dilwyn Morgan; Tudur Parry, Chairman of the Eryri YFC’s Finance and Staffing Committee; Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn; Councillor Craig ab Iago; Miriam Williams, Chair of Eryri YFC; (Front Row) Councillor Peredur Jenkins; Guto Roberts, President of the Eryri YFC; Councillor Mair Rowlands; Dafydd Sion Chair of Eryri YFC and Gwen Thomas, County Recorder.