New S4C Show Set To Take On Youth Issues
Hard-hitting situations young people are faced with including bullying, sex, self-image and divorce will be tackled in a new show coming to S4C today as part of their Stwnsh timetable.
Llond Ceg will be hosted by Aled Haydn Jones from Radio 1's The Surgery, who will be leading discussions on topics affecting young people in an open, balanced and sensitive way. Starting today (15th of April), eight shows are scheduled for the series, which will go out every Wednesday at 5:30pm.
As well as a number of other schools across Wales, one of those to have taken part in discussions shown in the series was Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in Caerphilly. Aled returned to the school recently to give the pupils there an exclusive preview of one of the episodes.
Sioned Wyn Roberts, S4C's Children's Content Commissioner says, "A variety of topics in the Llond Ceg series are difficult to discuss, and it has been an eye-opener to see young people talking about sensitive issues such as mental health and puberty in an open and confident way. I would like to thank the children who took part for being so honest about the topics which affect them."
A ChildLine counselor was present during the filming of the question and answer sessions, and the series also features professional advice by doctors. The child psychotherapist Aaron Balick who works with Aled Haydn Jones on The Surgery has also been part of the process.
Aled, who is from Aberystwyth, is also joined on Llond Ceg by Capital FM DJ and television presenter Geraint Hardy, and rising Welsh singer Kizzy Crawford. Other famous faces such as Rhys Ifans, Richard Elis, Tara Bethan and Anni Ll?n will also be discussing their experiences of growing up.
As part of the series, a special Llond Ceg app has been created in Welsh and English, which includes information, advice and useful contacts. It can be downloaded free of charge for Android and Apple devices.
Children and young people up to the age of 19 affected by any of the issues in the show can contact ChildLine, the private and confidential service by calling free on 0800 1111, or by chatting online at www.ChildLine.org.
In Wales, MEIC is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25. Visit www.meiccymru.org.