30 May | Embedding Young Voices

Join us at Spark in Cardiff on 30 May, as we hear how organisations are working to consider future generations under three different lenses: community engagement, education, and governance.

Join leading organisations, including Grasshopper Communication and Size of Wales, to hear how they are embedding young voices throughout their organisation and why this matters.

Followed by a panel Q+A and informal networking, attendees will be able to share learning, troubleshoot, and explore what really matters to the next generation. 

Where: Sbarc|Spark, Cardiff

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Why this matters

As organisations continue to work to fulfil the Well-being of Future Generations Act, there comes a point when we must ask: how can we support the generations to come if we are not directly working with Wales’ future leaders? 

Despite accounting for 1.8 billion of the global population, young people are largely excluded from decision-making processes. Known as the first global generation, Gen Z has already shown the positive impact of accounting for diverse perspectives and connecting in a borderless world. By not providing meaningful opportunities for them to participate, businesses fail to tap into the adaptability and values only strengthened in the wake of a historic pandemic, geopolitical turmoil, and a climate and nature emergency. 

From personal experience, I can attest to the importance of investing in young people and carving out space for them in future-planning. I joined the Cynnal Cymru team in 2021 as a recent graduate, certain of the impact I wanted to make but with no idea where to start. I had been paired with Cynnal Cymru through Charityworks, which is a paid 12-month leadership development programme that supports graduates in starting a career in the UK non-profit sector.  

Reflecting on that process over two and a half years later, I cannot emphasise how integral it is to support individuals at the beginning of their career. Being in an environment that encouraged upskilling and felt safe to make mistakes in, I was able to develop the confidence and adaptability required in a continually changing global landscape.  

Since then, Cynnal Cymru has continued to explore ways of directly involving young people in our work. This includes recruiting young people for our board and hosting university students on an internship to support our work with SMEs (one of which has now permanently joined the team as our Sustainability Adviser!

So, are you an organisation looking to include young people in your business planning and understand your impact on the workforce of the future? Are you a young adult wanting to share how businesses can work to embed young voices in their planning for the future? 

Who is it for?

This free event is open to all individuals over the age of 18. This includes business and organisations as well as young people looking to play an active part in an organisation championing sustainability. Priority attendance is available to Cynnal Cymru Members. 

Speakers

Nirushan Sudarsan

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales Trustee | OFGEM

Nirushan is studying for a Master’s in Politics and Public Policy at Cardiff University. He leads two local social enterprises, Ffair Jobs CIC and Grange Pavilion Youth Forum CIC, which support young people from diverse backgrounds. Nirushan is also on the board of Grange Pavilion, Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Asylum Justice, Home4U and Youth Cymru.

In this presentation, Nirushan will provide practical insights on how to effectively involve young people in your organisations. Drawing from his experiences on Cynnal Cymru’s board and other boards , Nirushan will share best practices for developing young trustees, making this a valuable session for all attendees.

Nicola Pulman

Director | Size of Wales

Nicola Pulman has been Director of Size of Wales since November 2020.  She has a background in countryside management for conservation and working with local people and started her career managing wildlife reserves in UK.

In 1998 she lived in Ghana coordinating a conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to conserving endangered areas of community forest called Sacred Groves.  In Nigeria, Nicola lived and worked with forest communities to help sustain rainforest and primates.

Back in the UK, Nicola has worked in the charitable sector and for a Higher Education Institution, Cardiff University, where she managed a Wales/Africa international partnership. 

Nicola’s presentation will look at the work of Size of Wales in empowering young people to know more about and act on climate change and deforestation of tropical rainforests.  

Grasshopper Communications

Grasshopper Communications is an award-winning agency with a creative edge and commitment to engaging communities. We aim to deliver positive change to the world around us – helping organisations and communities to transform where they work and live. Our services include political & stakeholder engagement, community engagement, PR & campaigns, and creative services.

Clare Sain-ley Berry

Interim Director | Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales

Clare has a background in delivering partnership projects for the natural environment and sustainable resource use and uses this to help shape our policy and development work. She enjoys facilitating collaboration across sectors and devising practical programmes to deliver strategic aims.

Clare leads on Cynnal Cymru’s work for a thriving natural environment, which includes our Nature Wise eco literacy training, as well as contributing to work around the foundational economy and decarbonisation.

Agenda

9:45 Arrivals & refreshments

10:00 Cynnal Cymru Welcome, Clare Sain-Ley-Berry – Interim Director

10:10 Iwan Irranca-Davies  – (Grasshopper Communications)

10:25 Nicola Pulman – Director (Size of Wales)

10:40 Nirushan Sudarsan – Trustee (Cynnal Cymru)

10:55 Comfort break

11:10 Q+A Session (Clare, Iwan, Nicola, Nirushan)

11:30 Networking time

12:30 Close

Our thriving community of mutually supportive members provides an opportunity to share learning, challenge thinking and mobilise action, be this through co-designed events, hosting networking sessions or simply sowing seeds for future collaborations or thought-leadership.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about how we can support your organisation, please contact membership@cynnalcymru.com

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