We’ve all been impacted by coronavirus in a range of different ways including our children and young people. It was great to head back to my old school, St Richard Gwyn, last Friday and meet with 6th form students to talk about my role as their MS.

There were some brilliant questions around the impact of coronavirus, university funding and supporting the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing. I also had the chance to catch up with the Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher about how the school continues to adapt to coronavirus and to pass on my thanks to all the staff for their continued hard work.

A range of schools across the constituency have been learning more about the work of the Senedd through virtual visits with the education team and this week I’ll be meeting with pupils from Ysgol Bryn Coch as they visit the Senedd.

I’m looking forward to speaking to more children and young people across the constituency in the coming weeks and months and ensuring that their voices are heard when I am make decisions with colleagues in the Welsh Parliament and the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government has now announced £200 million to support the role out of free school meals to all primary school pupils across Wales. The roll out will be phased and I will be working with Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Government to best understand how children in our corner of the country will benefit from this decision.

We all have a role to play in ensuring that poverty does not impact on children’s learning and development, which is why it is so important that our children do not sit in classrooms worrying what their next meal will be or if they will be laughed at for receiving free school meals. Having a universal offer of a healthy meal to all children and young people in Wales will help us not only tackle the stigma attached to free school meals, but help more children achieve their potential.

Just last week I wrote about the positive steps being taken in Greater Manchester to improve the offer of public transport so that it becomes a more attractive way of travelling, helping us tackle climate change through reducing carbon emissions.

The Bus White Paper was published by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change last week, outlining the Welsh Government’s intention to develop one network, one timetable and one ticket, accessible across all parts of Wales.

The consultation on the plans will run for 12 weeks and I’ll be doing all I can to encourage community groups, businesses, individuals and others, to ensure that they have their say on the future of our public transport offer.

Get in touch and I’ll do my best to help

If you have an issue you’d like to speak to me about, I will do my best to help.

You can drop me a line by emailing Hannah.blythyn@senedd.wales or get in touch by using the contact form on my website: www.hannahblythyn.cymru/contact

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