Aylestone Business & Enterprise College hosted the first Herefordshire student leaders conference in June. 12 local secondary schools sent a selection of their year 9 students to attend this free of charge conference.
A range of workshops aimed to help develop leadership skills were attended and very well received. Floyd Woodrow gave a motivational and inspiring talk to launch the event. This was followed by each student attending 3 workshops including:
- Holly Dando from Chew Valley High School represented Learn to lead and along with Jan Chelmicki from Aylestone they gave their prospective as student leaders during 2 workshops.
- Young Enterprise along with business leaders ran 3 workshops.
- Sandwood Mountaineering ran 3 team building challenges.
- Hope Support Services a charity working with young people who have family members with serious health issues ran 1 workshop.
- Antonia Dixey from participation people who is working on a project called ‘voice of a child’ with Herefordshire council ran a teachers workshop to set up an action plan for student leadership in Herefordshire schools over the next few years.
Everybody enjoyed a buffet lunch and had the opportunity to use the tuck shop run by Jan Chelmicki to help fund his trip to Harvard in the summer where he is attending an international student leadership conference. Each delegate took away a goodie bag and the schools were furnished with information on student leadership to take away.
The event was funded by local organisations:
- ABT Loadmac Ltd
- Hereford City Council
- Hereford community foundation
- Hereford Round Table
- Young Enterprise
- Several local companies provided goodies and extras free of charge – Halo Leisure, PGL, Silverfx.
We hope to run a similar event next year.