Around 7,000 people had been involved in a pilot National Conversation which asked people what sort of Wales they wanted for the future, for their children and grandchildren. It got the nation talking about; food security, sustainability, inequality, future energy, education, environment and the economy to name a few.
Iolo Williams, TV nature presenter, chaired the event with Peter Davies, The Commissioner for Sustainable Futures launching the report. Michael Sheen, actor and UNICEF Ambassador, gave a passionate key note speech.
Three young people from the Challenge Wales Youth Panel attended the event together with one of the Challenge Wales Trustee’s and after the report was presented had the opportunity to be part of a round table “Future Leaders” workshop with Michael Sheen.
We talked about what Challenge Wales does to help develop people; the development of life skills, working with different people; cross-generational and cross-cultural, motivates and inspires, taking responsibility, ensuring young people’s voices are heard through its Youth Panel.
A lot of what was being discussed, in the context of The Wales We Want and Future Leaders, resonated with the the youth work Challenge Wales delivers. Challenge Wales aims to develop young people of today to participate positively in society tomorrow so it was great to have been invited to be part of this landmark event.
The National Conversation had been driven forwards by ‘Futures Champions’ who took the conversation into their networks and communities and today it was time to build on this and look at a ‘Future Leaders’ programme to support young people to be leaders of change in their communities. One of the key action points taken away was that involving young people and ensuring they are aware of the opportunities is a must…and that is what we plan to continue to do at Challenge Wales.
Challenge Wales, is Wales’ Tall Ship offering life-changing voyages and helping develop essential life skills to improve employment prospects. The Challenge Wales Youth Panel has been set up to ensure young people’s voices remain central to the charity and help raise awareness of sail training opportunities amongst young people and group leaders. If you are aged 15 – 24 years and resident in Wales, and would like to be part of the Challenge Wales Youth Panel, or know someone who may be interested, then click here for more information and an application form.