Wakefield Council to host Build Our Futures Summit

Wakefield Council is hosting an event for children and young people in the district to talk about the issues they face, and what the Council and its partners can do to support them.

The first Build Our Futures Summit took place in 2019 as part of celebrating National Children’s Day UK and further summits have taken place since then and during lockdown these were held virtually. The title of the summit is ‘Our Ideas, Our Futures’ and was chosen by children and young people themselves from the Council’s Build Our Futures group. This latest summit will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 9 October 2021 at Wakefield College and will be a return to its original in-person event.

The afternoon will offer children and young people the chance to come together with Council leaders, partner agencies such as Police and NHS, community groups, schools and colleges, to review the progress made to date against young people’s priorities and discuss and share new ideas and thoughts for future priorities.

Young people’s mental health has already been identified as a key priority and there will be focused activities and discussions taking place on this theme and as part of World Mental Health Day taking place the following day on 10 October.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

The day provides a powerful platform for young people to highlight the changes they would like to see and enhance the Wakefield district for young people. Alongside the more serious discussions though there will still be fun activities, music and performance and refreshments.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Wakefield’s young people are a credit to our district and we believe that all children and young people should feel safe, supported, and fulfilled in order to achieve their full potential.

“It is important that we take opportunities like these to engage and consult with our young people so that our priorities as a Council reflect their needs and those of their families.”

Adults, parents, and carers are welcome to join the event too, but they will still need to book a place.

For more details and to book a place visit https://bit.ly/BOFSummit2021.