Community Youth Representative

Published: 02 April 2024

Hello, I am Caitlyn Kochalski, the new Community Youth Representative for Hirwaun Ward for Hirwaun & Penderyn Community Council. I wanted to become a Youth Representative for my community as I do litter picking for my community which I love. I am very passionate about keeping the village I live in clean and tidy. I started litter picking through lockdown and have carried on since. I also had an award from the High Sheriff for good community work and litter picking. I am a very hardworking young person and I enjoy doing things for the community.  I attend monthly litter picks in the community and I have helped deliver summer activities and events, such as seed bombing which was held in Hirwaun village hall. I enjoy talking to people and young people in my community and helping out at community activities.

Last summer I completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and went to Buckingham Palace, which was a great experience and inspired me to work hard on what I want to achieve now and in the future. I’m a leader at the 12th Hirwaun Aberdare Girl Guiding unit which I enjoy. I like to see the girls becoming more confident in themselves and learning new skills, in a social environment. I’m currently doing a Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification and hope to work within a school setting in the future.

I was really pleased when I was accepted as a Community Youth Representative for Hirwaun. I am willing to learn and looking forward to talking to local young people about the village that we live in.