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Welsh TikTok star Lewis Leigh helps spread the ‘register to vote’ message at Monmouthshire School

Monmouthshire County Council’s MonLife Youth Service team have been out in schools across Monmouthshire to promote the up-coming elections. So far they’ve visited Caldicot and Abergavenny comprehensive schools and plan to make their way to Monmouth and Chepstow before the Easter holidays.

At King Henry School VIII in Abergavenny the team were joined by Welsh TikTok Star Lewis Leigh. @Lewisleighh’s TikToks with his nan currently have 1.6million followers –  to create some short clips to encourage young people to register to vote.

The Youth Services sessions have shown that Monmouthshire’s young people are keen to get involved and are interested in knowing more about the basics of the elections and the process. The Youth Services team are planning an online session on Wednesday 13th April for young people 14-25 who are interested in finding out more. They team will be joined by the Youth Council to discuss topics including ‘what is a local election’, ‘how can I take part’ and ‘where can I get information on my ward area and what members will be standing in my area’. If you are under 18 and would like to be involved in the discussion apply via THIS LINK.

In this year’s elections, on 5th May, 16 and 17 year-olds will be able to take part but it’s essential that they register to vote before 14th April 2022.  From the age of 14 young people can register to vote here:

You can also use this QR code to register

Our Youth Services team have been meeting with young people at Monmouthshire’s secondary schools