Cumbria30 – a free opportunity for young people to create a lasting legacy across Cumbria

Cumbria30 – a free opportunity for young people to create a lasting legacy across Cumbria name

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With just over seven weeks to go until it begins, Cumbria30 is offering up to 100 young people aged 18-25 in Cumbria a fantastic and free opportunity to shape their county’s future.

Starting on Thursday 24 February, Cumbria30 is a leadership development programme that will challenge a diverse group of 100 young people to think through what their generation’s legacy will be. Sponsors include Arts Council England, Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council and the University of Cumbria.

Throughout this powerful online programme, which is free to attend, participants will work together to tackle a challenge for Cumbria. Given COP26 (the annual UN Climate Change Conference), which took place in Glasgow at the end of 2021, all of our UK Legacy programmes have a green challenge at their heart which is: “How do we act together to transform our community into a cleaner, greener place for all?” Participants will investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. They will then test, refine and present these ideas to local senior leaders.

Cumbria30 is part of Legacy, a global campaign by international leadership development organization, Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. Everyone who completes Cumbria30 will have the opportunity to attend our Global Legacy Summit to connect with young leaders from other Legacy Initiatives in the US, Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Germany,  and closer to home in the UK in Newcastle, Northern Ireland and other areas.

Marie Mohan, UK Managing Director of Common Purpose: “Our Legacy programmes pre-dated the pandemic but they are coming into their own now given how important it is that we invest in young people after the year they’ve had – in terms of the damage to their education, employment prospects and social lives. Equally, we need to involve them in shaping the recovery plans for the future of their communities and to let them know that their perspectives are valued. We need a new generation of young leaders to come through who have the commitment and ability to bridge divides and we all need to hear and support our young people with their big ideas and long-term thinking.”

Jane Beardsworth, Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England: "Arts Council England is delighted to be working with Common Purpose to offer this opportunity to young creatives in Cumbria. This is part of our work to support a strong cultural sector in the North of England, ensuring that young creatives have opportunities to develop their leadership styles, think big and connect with peers from across the area to wrestle with the challenges of the moment.”

Angela Jones, Executive Director, Economy and Infrastructure at Cumbria County Council: “Cumbria County Council are delighted to be supporting Cumbria30. The County Council believes that all young people should have a voice and have a greater influence in the decisions which will affect them. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly diverse group of young people to come together as a connected generation to share their views on the challenges and opportunities here in Cumbria. We are looking forward to hearing from our future leaders."

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Health, Environment and Innovation) at the University of Cumbria: “We are a university of and for Cumbria, helping to address the higher-level education and skills needs of Cumbria and the wider region. Our mission is to equip our graduates for success and impact and play a key role in enabling our communities, economy and environment to thrive, building upon our strong academic and place-based foundations. Supporting Cumbria30, this innovative programme will provide many of the young people of Cumbria and future generations, with an opportunity to make their mark, shape their own personal development and leadership skills whilst also making an important contribution that will shape the future of this county, an area that they love and choose to live, work and study in.”

The programme takes place over four days from 24-25 & 28 Feb & 1 March.  Young people aged 18-25 – in and out of work, studying, campaigning and volunteering – can apply at: Cumbria30: Apply | Leadership programmes | Common Purpose