Fourth Children and Young People’s Summit a great success

Over 70 children, young people and adults took part in an event in Wakefield last Saturday to talk about issues facing their generation, and what the Council and its partners can do to support them.

The fourth Build Our Futures Summit ‘Our Ideas, Our Futures’ was held at Wakefield College, where over three hours, young people, parents and carers, and professionals joined together to share their views and ideas, access workshops, watch performances and ask questions of a panel of professionals and local leaders.

A short film was premiered which set out the progress made towards the eight top priorities, which had been developed by young people at previous summits. These include improving mental health support, tackling bullying, recovering from the pandemic, supporting young carers, reducing digital poverty, tackling climate change, better public transport, and more places to go and things to do.

The film was followed by a number of young people’s workshops which allowed for further discussion considering the progress so far and identifying some of the next steps that young people felt are needed. 

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Build Our Futures and Youth Council members had been key to creating the event, from the initial planning, hosting, facilitating workshops, performing, and recording the event, meaning the whole event ensured that young people and their futures were always at the centre of everyone’s thinking and discussions.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This was another 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.”

Over the coming weeks, the information shared by young people prior to and on the day of the summit, will be analysed by the Build Our Futures Forum, to identify the key priorities for the coming year. Find out more about the event and the activities and support for young people in Wakefield by going to wfyouth.co.uk