Manchester & Liverpool UpRisers Graduate

Manchester & Liverpool UpRisers Graduate

August 22, 2017

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Congratulations to our North Leadership Programme Class of 2016/17!

This summer saw the UpRising North team celebrate the amazing achievements of over 100 young people in Greater Manchester and Liverpool who have graduated from our Leadership and Environmental Leadership Programmes.

On 6 July, PwC generously hosted the Greater Manchester event, where graduates and guests took in spectacular views of the city. The evening showcased the community work of the young leaders, including the project Help Our Homeless: Our City, Our People which raised over £400 worth of donations for local homelessness organisations, and Tree Trail which encouraged communities to connect with their local parks and green spaces.

The key note speeches were given by Pam Warhurst CBE, Founder of Incredible Edible, who shared her leadership story, from economist to food activist.

We also heard from Leadership Programme Graduate Nathaniel Yates who told the audience about his UpRising journey; he said

“I heard about the Leadership Programme through the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, because I’ve got a disability. When I came to the first session of the Leadership Programme, there were other participants training to be lawyers and I thought ‘what on Earth am I doing here?’ But I’ve learned it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, we can all succeed. We all have dreams and aspirations, so I’m going to go out and fulfil mine.”

Watch his funny, moving and uplifting speech, in full below




The Liverpool event followed on 3 August, hosted by Grant Thornton at their offices in the iconic Royal Liver Building. As part of the event UpRisers pitched their social action campaign ideas to a panel of local leaders to get their advice and support. Our panel was Cllr Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety; Cllr James Noakes, Mayoral Lead for Energy & Smart City; Mark Russell, Marketing Consultant BMicro and Robyn Dooley, Managing Director of the Innovation Hub.

After tense deliberation, the leaders selected See It, Be It as the campaign they thought showed the most promise. The project aims to raise the aspirations of young women in Liverpool through a “Festival of Inspiration” which will introduce attendees to a range of inspiring female role models.

The event culminated in an inspiring speech from UpRising CEO Lucy Caldicott, who said,

"Socially engaged and confident young leaders are vital in today's economic landscape, especially in achieving the Northern Powerhouse ambitions. UpRising Liverpool and Manchester's Class of 2017 will champion the needs of local communities, and make a huge positive difference to the city and beyond.”

We wish all our graduates every success in the future and are so proud to have been there at the start of their leadership journeys. We can’t wait to see what you get up to next.

Our next Programmes start in October, to apply, simply fill out a form here.