After the great success of the conference’s launch last year we again decided to equip students from across Wales to take the lead in their communities and tackle social injustices such as poverty. Sixth Formers from across Wales gathered at Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School in Bridgend for a day on leadership training, looking at how they can unlock their leadership potential to help work for a better and safer world.
We welcomed over 70 students to spend the day unlocking their leadership. Young people were inspired and equipped to act on issues surrounding global hunger, driven by their values and faith. The conference included speakers giving personal accounts of their work and how young people can make a difference.
The conference is part of our leadership programme that is focussed on giving students leadership skills, and supporting them into taking action on global poverty in conjunction with us and make young people part of the ‘great generation’.
The conference was such a success that preliminary talks of a follow up conference in December are underway. In December we hope to meet with the students 6 months on to see how they are getting on, further develop their skills and help them progress by putting their skills to the test.
Former student of Archbishop McGrath High School, Eleanor Margetts age 22, kicked off the leadership conference by sharing the story of her month-long trip to Sierra Leone where she spent time with CAFOD partner organisations. The work she was involved in focused on some of Sierra Leone’s poorest communities and how they were addressing issues related to poverty.
We believes that real change can come from young people when they take the lead in their communities. By inspiring and equipping young people to be leaders we believe that they can be the great generation that takes action and stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who live in poverty throughout the world.
The conference was a great way for students to explore some of these wider global issues and through the workshops they explored how they could unlock their leadership potential on return to their school or college.
“Thank you so much for today, it really was inspiring – and inspired me” – Ffion Britton, St Alban’s Roman Catholic High School
“This event has inspired me to help more with CAFOD and to possibly take a gap year to volunteer.” – Natalie Hughes, Bishop Vaughan Roman Catholic Comprehensive School
“It was fabulous to meet as Catholic Schools.” – Ffion Jones, Bishop Vaughan Roman Catholic Comprehensive School
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Further information on the Conference can be found here.