Lessons for Life

Some of the members of Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet

Young people from Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet have set up some free summer workshops on useful skills for life.

The ‘Lessons for Life’ sessions have been developed in response to results of the annual ‘Make Your Mark’ survey, run nationally by the UK Youth Parliament and facilitated locally by Wigan Council.

The survey asks young people to highlight one issue they would most like to see changed and having a ‘curriculum for life’ (learning more life skills at school) has repeatedly appeared in the top three issues voted for.

Member of the youth cabinet and UK Youth Parliament representative, William Powell, 14, from Orrell, says,
‘This is a really good opportunity for young people as you’ll learn a lot about different aspects of life. Sometimes these subjects don’t get covered at school in any detail so we decided to arrange some workshops in the school holidays.’

The first round of sessions will cover mental health, sexual health and relationships and LGBTQ+ awareness. They are being run by local professionals from Spectrum Community Health CIC and Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide and local young people from BYOU, Wigan Council’s youth group for LGBTQ+ young people. The workshops have been funded by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and supported by Wigan Council.

Councillor Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, says,
‘I’m proud of the young people from our youth cabinet. They have listened to what other young people have been telling them is an issue and have taken action to do something about it. I’d encourage all local young people to go along to these workshops.’

Member of Youth Cabinet Sam Miller, 15, from Ashton, says,
‘I feel like at youth cabinet we’re lucky because we have access to good information and to professionals who run services for young people so we want to use these contacts to help pass on knowledge to other young people.’

All young people aged 13-17 (or up to age 25 if you have a disability) are welcome to come along. All participants will receive a nationally recognised qualification and be invited to an awards ceremony at the end of August.

The next sessions will be:

Wed 1st August, The Turnpike, Leigh, WN7 1EB

Wed 8th August, Wigan Council’s building on Liverpool Road, Platt Bridge, WN2 5BD

Both workshops will run 10am-3pm and lunch will be provided.

For more information, young people or parents and carers can contact Lisa at Wigan Council on [email protected]