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The youth forum members embraced the opportunity to become potential inspiring leaders. The first training residential took place at the Pioneer Centre in Shropshire that combined learning and activities.

The leadership training commenced from a position of “Starting from Strengths” and worked through the rudimentary of taking responsibilities.

Young people felt comfortable in sharing their observations and made recommendations for the next training residential and as a group chose self-catering.

YHA Llanddeusant in Carmarthenshire was the venue for the second leadership training and proved to be a very fruitful and productive residential. Young people took on the domestic responsibilities as well as the learning and the team activities.

It was here that the group decided to raise funds for the youth forum by planning and facilitating a Comedy Show inviting the famous Deaf Comedian John Smith.

The leadership training continued at the Lighthouse young people’s centre and was led by a deaf facilitator delivered over four days. Here two leaders emerged and took on the responsibility of travelling to Brussels in Belgium, independently, to meet and begin talks with the European Union of Deaf Youth (EUDY)

The leadership training is on-going with the steering group.