Youthforia at Wigan Town Hall

Youthforia at Wigan Town Hall

Young people from across the North West at Wigan's Youthforia meeting

Young people from the region at Wigan's Youthforia meeting

Young people from across the region tackled some of society’s biggest issues at a debate held at Wigan Town Hall.

Wigan and Leigh’s Youth Cabinet hosted Youthforia last weekend, an event that sees key figures address an audience of more than 100 of young representatives.

Speakers included the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux and Mayor of Wigan, Coun Steve Dawber.

Council chief executive Alison McKenzie-Folan and lead member for youth opportunities, Councillor Susan Gambles, held a question and answer session.

The Q and A focussed on the topic of Inspirational Women to coincide with International Women’s Day.

The event is organised by the Youth Focus North West providing an opportunity for young people to quiz decision-makers on issues important to them.

Martha and Natasha, both from Orrell, are new members of Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet and this was their first Youthforia meeting.

Martha, 11, said: “In Parliament you have to know how to debate so it was good to have a go and share my ideas.

“I enjoyed talking with lots of different people.”

Natasha, 12, added: “I’ve never done anything like this before and I loved it. It was definitely a day I won’t forget.”

Young people who are aged 11-17 and would like to get involved in Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet or one of Wigan Council’s local youth groups, so that they can join activities such as Youthforia in future, should email Wigan Council’s targeted youth support services on

Posted on Friday 20th March 2020

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