Children and Young People’s Summit a great success

16/05/2019, PR-9056

​Over 120 young people took part in an event in Wakefield to talk about issues facing their generation.

Wakefield city centre

​The Build Our Futures Children and Young People Summit at Unity Works in Wakefield brought together young people, parents, carers and professionals to discuss the 12 priorities identified as most important by the children and young people.

The celebratory event was to give young people the opportunity to broaden the influence of children and to have their voices heard in the planning of Council and partner services.

Young people designed the invites, decided who should attend and had a say in the content on the day.

Beate Wagner, Corporate Director of Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: "This was a very successful day. We want to ensure that all children and young people receive the support they need to achieve their ambitions, reach their goals and we recognise it's very important that we and our partners listen to their views and feedback.

"We have some amazing young people in our district and they are making a very important contribution to supporting the lives of others now and in the future. Many of the young people in attendance commented that they had met lots of new people and learnt a lot."

The day included a speaker, who had previously been in care and young offenders institutions, who has now carved out a successful career for himself and who took part in a question and answer session.

There were sessions on young people naming their dreams and wishes to build their futures and children and young people also questioned a panel of local leaders on their commitment to help them to achieve their goals and ambitions.

In recognition of Ramadan, Imam Islam Ali Shah gave an inspiring talk about our young people as our future and valuing each other's cultures.

Ten young people also volunteered to join a Build Our Futures Forum at the Summit, and will be involved in building plans for future services and shaping a Build Our Futures Action Plan.

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