Lancaster in June – for the Young England and Wales Programme 2016


Scenes from the Young England and Wales Programme in June 2015

Delegates from government departments, public bodies, executive agencies and other high-profile organisations will be heading to Lancaster in June for the 2016 Young England and Wales Programme. Three intense and rewarding days of discussion, papers, group work and inspiring speakers lie ahead. As always, the minimum age is 18 but there is no upper age limit!

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Three intense days for Young Thinkers

Twenty-three delegates, three intense and creative days: the Young UK and Ireland Programme’s Young Thinkers Series launched in Lancaster in March. From very different backgrounds – health, professional bodies, and the third sector – delegates combined to form an inspiring and lively group. On the final evening three awards for Best Paper were made: in the Health category, to Natalie Banner of the Wellcome Trust, in the Professional Bodies category to Alex Bates of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and Lucy Barnett, representing both Amnesty International UK and Save the Children, won the award in the Third Sector category. Alex also won the overall title England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year (Spring 2016) and Hugo Pedder, also of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, was Highly Commended across the event.


Triumph for Kent


Kent County Council (Megan Carter and Lucy Campbell)

Kent County Council is Young Local Authority of the Year 2016! In a high-quality field of entries, the winning team – Lucy Campbell and Megan Carter – presented a deeply thought-provoking paper on men’s mental health. The paper, described by the adjudicators as full of ‘exceptionally good, crisp writing, vivid phrase-making…employing startling and salutary facts… intellectually mature, admirably humane’ was combined with a stylish On the Spot on the monarchy.

London Borough of Southwark (Clizia Deidda and Chonai Mbirimi) were runners-up with ‘a thoroughly compassionate’ paper on the shortcomings of the system of providing care at home to the vulnerable. Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough Council’s joint team of Zoë Bateman and Joseph Mushrow were highly commended for their paper on the not-fit-for-purpose UK parliament building and the suggestion that the seat of power should be moved from the capital. Lisa Roberts and Gary Wright from Peterborough City Council were commended for their paper on the Rhodes Must Fall campaign combined with an On the Spot (on Facebook) which was notable for exceptionally good writing.

The award for Best on the Spot went to Alex Newell and Gary Wood of Waverley Borough Council. Described as ‘hilarious’ and ‘an example of first-class teamwork’, Alex and Gary neatly summed up in three minutes the frustrating and perplexing experience of using the self-service check-out. Best Who’s Who introduction went to East Staffordshire Borough Council (Olivia Farthing and Natalie Tunnicliffe) for their original and entertaining presentation with its imaginative use of local newspaper headlines.