Youth connect in conference 

Youth Vision conference
Youth Vision conference in action

ONE hundred and thirty children from across the borough joined in a conference to discuss how they could play their part in Bolton’s plans for the future.

The second annual Youth Vision Conference, at the Albert Halls on July 4, was centred on the theme of ‘being connected’.

And children from 34 schools completed a series of missions, including an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge.

Groups of budding entrepreneurs pitched projects to a panel of how they could connect better with their community.

Ideas included helping older people to use digital technology, organising school litter picks, and asking local businesses to come into school to talk about jobs.

Chair of the Vision Partnership, Dave Singleton, said: “The event was tremendous and showed that young people matter. Young people have a certain insight that is not tainted. Vision 2030 is a vision for every person in Bolton.”

Executive Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Ann Cunliffe, added: “The youth of Bolton are absolutely fantastic and definitely connected and engaged in their Bolton Vision 2030.

“They are creative, prepared and all future entrepreneurs. All of our borough’s youth have definitely made their voices heard. Well done Team Bolton Youth.”

Ammar Ingar, aged 11, from Sunninghill Primary School, said: “I liked presenting my idea to the panel and communicating with the panel to help Bolton’s Vision”.

Hafsah Patel, aged 9, also from Sunning Hill, added: “I liked having my voice heard and having my idea heard to help Bolton in the future.”

The conference was opened by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Elaine Sherrington, and closed with a thank you message from Mr Singleton and Youth MPs Ella Tinniswood and Jonathan Owen. 

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