I was lucky to have a great start to my life as a child growing up in Liverpool. My family was tight-knit and taught me strong values that I hold dear to this day.
In May 2019, I became leader of the council in my adopted home of Wolverhampton. Remembering my own childhood, I made it my priority to ensure that every child and young person in the city gets the best start they possibly can in an environment which is safe. I wanted them to have access to great facilities and take part in activities which lead to greater opportunities in life.
I know that investment and focus on children and young people will pay dividends for the city as a whole in the future. They are our greatest asset and ensuring that their lives start well now will only have a positive effect on Wolverhampton in the years to come.
This is why the Youth Engagement Strategy has been devised. It outlines what we can do to give our youngsters the best possible start to life in the city, how individuals, communities and organisations can work together to make this happen and make it work for future generations.
It focuses on three key areas – Being Healthy, Being Connected and Being You. Together, these three strands will help ensure that through co-production, we can nurture our young people to ensure our city is constantly one that is on the up.