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The Afternoon Tea event encouraged Bolton’s young leaders to look to the future whilst reflecting on their achievements at Youth Leads UK. 

Bolton’s young people have had their achievements celebrated at a special afternoon tea event honouring the work they have done in their communities. The celebration took place at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre and brought young people together with royal representatives, The Mayor of Bolton and key decision makers.

The event put young people at the forefront, enabling them to highlight the experiences and achievements made possible by support from Youth Leads UK – notable projects included young people’s work on online safety insights, their participation in the leadership programmes, the Youth Healthcare Transformation Board, and much more. 

Many distinguished guests were in attendance, including Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Professor George Holmes DL, The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Mohammed Ayub, The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Nick Peel, and Bolton Council Cabinet Member for Children, Councillor Martin Donaghy.

The event gave young people and civic leaders the opportunity to reflect on their achievements and the future ahead. After the successful completion of programmes at Youth Leads UK, the aim was to celebrate young people’s achievements and appreciate the difference they made in their community. 

Representing His Majesty the King’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mrs Diane Hawkins, Deputy Lieutenant, Professor George Holmes DL said:

“There’s something massively exciting and enthusiastic about seeing young people passionate about developing and working in their community. Youth Leads UK’s projects are phenomenal. This country will not survive unless people like you are doing the things you are doing.” 

Cllr Mohammed Ayub, the Mayor of Bolton, said: 

“It is really inspiring to hear all about the work of Youth Leads UK, and the great work of young people in their community… Commitment and social action is important, and brings people together and helps improve lives. Young People are often fearless, brave, dynamic and confident. They are the voice of the future.”

Saeed Atcha MBE DL, Founder and CEO of Youth Leads UK said:

“Young people are taking practical action in the service of others. They’ve gone above and beyond to tackle issues in their communities and make a difference in the world around them. It’s important to celebrate their achievements and spur them on to keep serving.” 

After a round of speeches, young people were given certificates on stage to commend their hard work, which was then immortalised with a photograph alongside the dignitaries in attendance. Subsequently, all guests indulged in the afternoon tea which was served, celebrating the excellent work of the young people of Bolton.