Meet our Youth Forum

When I joined Youth Forum, I came to see why local politics mattered. Why people’s rights shape what is possible. I was doing things with the forum that were slightly out of my comfort zone but that is the place you get creative and are stretched and grow. You start to see what part you can play and what is possible… Nirushan Sudarsan

Young people have played an important role in our story. Their passion for seeing the area develop is inspiring. The Youth Forum – our membership group for young people aged 14 – 25 – brings them together to get involved in and to support activities and events, promoting the Pavilion and forging friendships at the same time.

Their way of working has been praised across the community and in the Press, The Grangetown News saying, “at a time when there is so much negativity towards young people the Grange Pavilion Youth Forum members are a credit to the community.” In the past they’ve won a National Doorstop Engagement Award for their work embedding sport and all its benefits, and the Joan Gallagher Award for Community Champions. Grangetown’s Girls Football Club (featuring coach and Youth Forum member Ayah Abduldaim) have featured on ITV news. SEE HERE

You’d be so welcome here. If you would like to find out more, please contact Ali Abdi at He’s the Grange Pavilion’s Chair of the Board who inspired this group.

Meet some of our members!

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Studied law and politics at university and got involved with the Forum after volunteering at different sports sessions. He likes volunteering, reading, watching films and anime. Favourite food: Pizza.

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Shoruk has studied Architecture at Cardiff University and been involved with the Pavilion supporting the project (with the university's Architecture Society) and by helping at events. She enjoys cooking, fashion and make up. Favourite food: Macaroni and Cheese.

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Ridwan was one of the original members of the Forum. He has studied Youth and Community Work at Cardiff Metropolitan University and enjoys football, video games and watching movies. Favourite food: Burgers

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Rafi heard about the Youth Forum when he was volunteering at a local mosque. He's studied Law at Cardiff University and has enjoyed charity work supporting work building mosques and wells in Third World countries. Rafi like football and practising Islam and Arabic. Favourite food: Gummies.

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Zaid worked with Citizens Cymru before joining Youth Forum. While he works full time, he enjoys photography and film and has been the photographer for many of our events, including the Night Market and the Grangetown Festival. Favourite food: Anything!

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Anas has been involved with Youth Forum since he was at school got involved with the Youth Pavilion via friends. He enjoys playing football and video games. Favourite food: Chips

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Khalil has been involved with Youth Forum since he was at school. He enjoys photography and graphic design. Favourite food: Pizza.

Grange Pavilion Youth Forum member

Ibi works full time but got involved with volunteering in Grangetown when he was at school and started running his own football sessions at the Pavilion. He also enjoys boxing. Favourite food: Everything!