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Policy affects young people’s lives and futures in many ways, so it is crucial that their experiences and views shape how policy is developed. Yet we know there are often barriers to achieving this. This event draws on the experience of the Health Foundation’s ‘Young People’s Future Health Inquiry’, which amplified the voices of young people to influence policies that will affect their future health. Over the last three years, this has included funding five posts to explore issues as wide ranging as the impact of inequalities, securing high-quality work, the long-term effects of economic insecurity and young people’s access to transport – all of which are building blocks for future health.

As this programme draws to a close, NPC is hosting a panel event to share ideas and lessons from the programme with the sector. The event will bring together policy organisations, young people and funders to discuss practical insights on how to involve young people in policy work, in ways that really work for organisations and for young people – and that make an impact. Audience engagement will also be facilitated to encourage peer-to-peer learning during the event. 

The event is aimed at organisations wishing to engage young people in policy work. Although it will draw insight from projects focused on the building blocks of health, this event is relevant to all policy work affecting young people.

The event will be chaired by Jo Bibby, Director of Health, the Health Foundation and panellists will include:

  • Rushaa Hamid, Research Manager, Toynbee Hall (Emotional Support for Young People Programme)
  • Nairn McDonald, Project Lead at Leaders Unlocked and our Youth Representative
  • Toby Murray, Former post-holder at the RSA, currently at Money and Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Emma Rigby, CEO, Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) 

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