Young residents have been in conversation with the Leader of Wakefield Council as part of the authority’s Big Conversation which has seen hundreds of discussions taking place across the district.
Key to building on what already works is finding out what younger residents think and to make this happen the Council has trained 11 young conversationalists between 15 and 17 to talk to their peers about what matters to them and what they want for the future.
Among the first to have a conversation was Councillor Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council. She shared what she loved about the district and chatted to Qasim and Vee, two young Conversationalists, about what her vision would be for the future.
Councillor Denise Jeffery said “I’ve lived in Wakefield all my life so I know it well. The thing I like the most are the people. People can make a difference and our residents do care about where they live. Winning the hearts and minds of people makes a difference to progress.”
When asked about the future, Councillor Jeffery said “I want people to feel part of the community. I want to see facilities that support people’s likes whether that’s sporting facilities or cultural ones. Young people are everything, they are our future and so we need more things to make them feel part of the community.”