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Petitioning Lesley Griffiths, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Welsh Government, Lesley Griffiths

Stop housing homeless teenagers in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation.

This Christmas there will be a 16 or 17 year old that finds themselves homeless, it must be a terrifying situation to be in. But just when they need a place of safety, some teenagers are put into unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation by local authorities. Scared, frightened, abandoned and hungry is how many describe the experience. In the worst cases young people have reported sexual assault, after being put into rooms with no locks in a house full of strangers. That's why I've started this petition calling on the Welsh Government to put an end to homeless teenagers being put into bed and breakfast accommodation, no exceptions. There is a fantastic network of charities across Wales that can provide safe places for homeless teenagers to get back on their feet -- in warm, clean accommodation with staff who are trained to help. But End Youth Homelessness Cymru say that local authorities place around a hundred 16 and 17 year olds into unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation every year and this number is rising. Guidance in England says teenagers should never be put into B&Bs. In a recent debate at the Welsh Assembly officials said they would look again at the guidance local authorities are given here. If people across Wales come together on this issue - we can convince the Welsh Government to make the change needed. All we are asking for is that homeless teenagers have a place of safety, a shower, a hot meal and someone to talk to. I don't think it's too much to ask of our Government this Christmas.

Michael Sheen
117,312 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Welsh Government, Support Admin, Theresa May MP

Seperate maternity unit for women giving birth to a deceased child.

So as many of you know, pregnancy is the greatest thing a woman can ever experience. When you find out your expecting, your whole life changes. Your baby becomes your priority.. But then to find out your baby has passed away in the womb or is suffering multiple anomalies is heartbreaking. Especially knowing you have to wait a gruelling few days before your labour is induced and you have to give birth to that baby knowing you will never hear his/her first cry. I believe there should be a completely seperate maternity unit in hospitals for expectant mothers going through this traumatic experience as I personally had to spend 48 hours in induced labour in a maternity ward full of expectant mothers with soon to be born healthy children and all night all I could hear was babies crying, mothers in labour and heartbeat monitors of lovely strong baby heartbeats.. Knowing myself in a short while I would be giving birth to a child taken too soon. To make matters worse after you have gone through the labour process you then have to walk past delivery suites. You see mothers cuddling their newborns. They are ready to start a whole new life as a family whilst mothers of deceased children can not simply smile at others because we know it should also be us holding our newborn in our arms with our partner stood next to us smiling down at our baby. Mothers of babies who passed away before 40 weeks should not have to endure the pain of spending hours/days in a maternity unit seeing other people go through exactly what you had planned to go through. It is absolutely heartbreaking and if you are a mother of an angel who has gone through this experience I am sure you can agree with me. I dont want future expectant mothers going through a simular situation to go through the pain and suffering I had to endure. Nothing will make giving birth to a deceased child any easier but atleast if you have your own privacy in a ward where you dont have to face happy & overwhelmed parents cuddling their healthy newborn children then just maybe it will be a tad bit easier ♡

Clare Bartley
15,888 supporters
Petitioning Welsh Government, Julie Morgan, Councillor Huw Thomas, Councillor Graham Hinchley

Keep funding organisations that support families of children with disabilities and ALN.

Families with children with disabilities and additional learning needs face many struggles. We have to fight for the support that our children need constantly. We fight to get appropriate help within schools. We fight to access the health and social services our children need. We fight to ensure that our children are able to access the benefits that they are entitled to. Families First, a Welsh Government initiative to support vulnerable families, is removing its funding to Snap Cymru and Diverse Cymru. Snap Cymru assist families to access appropriate support in education. Diverse Cymru advise and advocate for families trying to access disability benefits for their children. It will become even more stressful and difficult for us to get appropriate support for our children.  The system is already stacked against families with disabled children, statutory services are thin on the ground and we are now going to see a drastic reduction in the support offered by two organisations which provide essential advice and advocacy. There has been little or no consultation with the carers and families that this decision will affect. Both of these organisations have been a lifeline for many of us during extremely difficult circumstances. We want the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and Families First to review the Families First funding decision and prevent the loss of yet more services for disabled children and their families.

Sharon Ross
11,705 supporters
Petitioning Welsh Government, Ken Skates

Don't take Neath off the main railway-line. #KeepNeathOnTrack

For the attention of Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken SkatesCC... UK Government Minister for Transport, Chris Grayling. Dear Government Minister(s), I draw your attention to the recent news that suggests that Neath will be taken off the main railway line from Swansea to London Paddington. I am not in favour of this decision because I believe that taking Neath off the main line would have a detrimental effect to the economy and re-generation of our town. The station is already run-down and a hub for anti-social behaviour. Taking Neath off the main line would only worsen these problems.  It would also have a negative impact on those who commute on the main-line to work, meaning they would have to take an extra connection to Swansea, Baglan or Port Talbot first. Recent figures via research conducted by Plaid Cymru Councillor for Neath South Jamie Evans has found that: Around 830,000 passengers used Neath train station a year, making it the second busiest station, behind Swansea in the historic county of West Glamorgan and busiest of the five stations in Neath Port Talbot. The plans to remove Neath from the main line would mean commuters travelling to Cardiff from Neath would have to first catch a train to Swansea, Baglan or Port Talbot, meaning an increase in both cost and time taken to get to and from work. People from Neath, Pontardawe, Skewen, Glynneath and the Dulais Valley would see no benefit at all from the “10 minutes” saved on a journey between Swansea and Cardiff. I would gratefully ask you to reject this proposal.

Bethan Phillips
10,465 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament

Weekly mental health support groups in all schools

At the age of sixteen I was admitted to the care of camhs (child and adolescent mental health services). I was diagnosed a few months later with an eating disorder which then led to depression and anxiety. I soon found myself isolated and alone finding clarity and peace in alcohol, drugs and self harm, only adding to my problems. I knew that many children in school were struggling but were afraid to speak up as there was nowhere young people could get together and talk about mental health. Being in school and feeling afraid and alone is a dark place to be. I feel that my journey would have been much easier if I could have spoke in a group at school about various experiences. Many young people are not fortunate enough to receive a place at camhs creating isolation and fear. I wasn't referred or acknowledged as having a problem until I took an overdose of paracetamol at school. In 2015 I lost a friend who also attended camhs.She was fifteen at the time of her death, and I remember her speaking about the fact that she wanted to come to school,but that she struggled as she felt that people found it hard to understand. I believe pupils with or without mental health issues would benefit from such groups in schools ,as they could not only better themselves but grasp an understanding, help friends and support one another. They just need a room and a time to meet. These groups would be run by named teachers, school councillors or students themselves depending on the resources each individual school has available.It's easy to label these children as attention seeking, but what's important to remember is that they do want attention. Just like we would expect medical attention when we are physically unwell, they are crying out for help as they too are sick. Imagine yourself in hospital asking doctors for help, but then being told that there's nothing wrong with you and that you've made it all up purely because nobody can see an injury. This is our reality, and it's happening daily. Hundreds of children are dying each year as their voices aren't being heard, a change is needed now.

Sarah wilkinson
9,304 supporters
Petitioning Welsh Government

Ask the Welsh Government to fund treatment for chronic health conditions

My name is Hannah Amelia Evans. I'm in desperate need of life saving treatment in the USA. Without this treatment, I will die. My conditions have deteriorated a lot over recent years and this treatment is only available in the USA. The chronic systemic condition that needs treating is called Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD). UK specialists, consultants and doctors have all said I desperately need this treatment as I am so antibiotic resistant now that I'm in constant danger of picking up an infection which causes my body to start shutting down, quickly becoming life threatening, which is terrifying for me and my family. Here are the chronic conditions I live with each and every day: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)A very complex connective tissue disorder which affects sufferers differently. With me, it affects my mobility, energy and a lot more. Many people with this condition are in pain daily. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardic Syndrome (POTS)Which for me is chronic and systemic. My body's autonomic system doesn't work properly, so everything my body is meant to do automatically, such as control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, digestion, etc. doesn't work. This wreaks havoc on my body and my ability to live day-to-day without medical intervention. Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD) A systemic disease where my mast cells are agressive and hypersensitive. Also the walls of my white blood cells break down very easily, causing my body to attack itself and means my immune system doesn't work at all. For me, it also causes very high blood histamine levels, which means I'm constantly at risk of life threatening allergic reactions to anything and everything. Also, my mast cells attack my immune system, which results in my body having multiple life threatening problems as my body can't fight off even the smallest virus or infections. This condition has attacked my immune system so badly that I have to wear a mask in public. I am now resistant to every antibiotic except two. This is why the treatment in the USA is my very last chance. Your signature on this petition will mean so very much to me and will hopefully make the Welsh Government sit up and take notice of me and other people in a similar situation who so desperately need funding for life saving medication. Thank you Hannah Amelia Evans

Hannah Amelia Evans
4,266 supporters