THE NORTH Wales Health Board helped launch a first leadership training program for young people in area schools.
The program is a small pilot funded by the Welsh Government Transformation Program and was jointly executed by the Children’s Services team of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), Wrexham Glyndwr University and the Leadership Cabinet Do-Well (UK) Ltd.
The program, called Impact Through Stories, involved 50 young people aged 14 and over from four Flintshire schools.
It aimed to strengthen the aspirations and resilience of young people, to consider their role as active members of a community and help them find their voice, and to develop their self-confidence to be able to consider their role in the world and what that they would like to do. go beyond the parameters of traditional education.
The program also trains school staff to continue delivering the program.
The pilot project provided a “Systems Leadership and Public Storytelling” training course that offers tailored public storytelling skills, including how to communicate and engage effectively and learn new leadership development skills. .
Christy Hoskings, Regional Patient Experience Manager for Children and Youth for the BCUHB, said: “We are all extremely excited about this program as it is the first time that this type of leadership program based on stories is aimed at young people in Wales.
“We knew very well that it had been a difficult year for our young people and we were hoping to be able to offer them something new and innovative that would ignite their passions and give them the means to feel confident to stand up for the things that matter. more for them.
“I was so inspired by the young people who participated in this program, their stories will stay with me forever. If I’ve learned anything it’s that our young people have the real capacity to transform things that need to change, we just have to give them the skills and the power to do it.
Nina Ruddle, Head of Public Policy Engagement at the University of Wrexham Glyndwr, said: “It is fantastic to be a partner in this important pilot project.
“A key objective of our civic mission work with our partners is to help our youth and children develop a generation of future leaders, equipping them with key skills and enabling us to help support the implementation of the new 2022 program. ”
The BCUHB has worked with Flintshire County Council Education and Social Services on the proposed program in Flintshire, and will continue to provide and support the program to move forward in North Wales.
Claire Homard, Education and Youth Manager at Flintshire Council, said: “We are delighted that a number of Flintshire schools have been involved in this project and the feedback we have received is very encouraging.
“It is clearly proven that this has increased students’ understanding of leadership and allowed them to have their voices heard, which has had positive effects on their school communities. ”