Our Bright Future

Since March 2020 Youth Cymru have been working with Our Bright Future to support their policy and advocacy work in Wales.

Our Bright Future is an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brings together the youth and environmental sectors. This £33 million programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, is formed of 31 projects across the UK, with 5 here in Wales. Each project is helping young people aged 11-24 gain vital skills and experience and improve their wellbeing. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment and community; whilst contributing to a greener economy.

The projects are hugely diverse and address multiple issues and challenges faced by young people. There is one theme that brings all the projects together: the focus on young people and the environment. Young people are developing knowledge, skills, resilience and confidence to increase their employability and wellbeing. At the same time, young people are supported so that they have influence in shaping their local environment.

 You can find out where your closest project is behind their logos further into this page!

Following a tender process, Youth Cymru was appointed to support the policy and advocacy function of Our Bright Future in Wales. Since then we have been supporting young people and projects in Wales to be involved in shaping policy and advocacy activities, effectively reaching out to key influencers and decision makers.

We've done this through;
Virtual consultations; where we found out what environmental issues are most important to young people and how we can support them in addressing them.
Leading workshops with PSA: Periods (@psa.periods), North Wales Wildlife Trust, Uprising and youth forums across Wales.
Supporting Welsh Youth Parliament and their Littering and Plastic Waste Committee.
Launching our campaign 'Power of Your Vote'. Where our Llais Ifanc group have spoken to young people across Wales to inform a Youth Manifesto (To be released 25th January 2021) and working with collaborators in running a virtual Youth Hustings (25th February 2021). 

Our Bright Future have collected more than 700 ideas from young people and youth workers during a process of youth-led research. Young people replied that they wanted three key changes around the following themes:

Ask 1: more time spent learning in and about nature

Ask 2: support to get into environmental jobs

Ask 3: Government, employers, businesses, schools and charities to pay more attention to the needs of young people and the environment

We are looking forward to working with young people and projects from the Our Bright Future network to help turn the priorities of young people into real policy change.

For more information on Our Bright Future, visit http://www.ourbrightfuture.co.uk/. Please contact Kirstie Edwards (kirstie@youthcymru.org.uk) to discuss with Youth Cymru.  

Our partners in Wales;

North Wales Wildlife Trust
Llys Garth, Garth Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RT
Twitter: @North_Wales_WT
Instagram: @northwaleswildlifetrust

Down to Earth Project,
72a Manselfield Road, Murton, Swansea, SA3 3AP
Twitter: @DTEProject
Instagram: @downtoearthproject

Unit 2.E.03, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Twitter: @UpRising_UK
Instagram: @uprising_uk