Partners across North Wales join together to host influential leadership conference in St Asaph

A group of organisations that have joined together to tackle health inequalities across North Wales are hosting an influential leadership and learning conference in St Asaph next month to develop new ways of working to improve health and wellbeing across the area’s most deprived communities.

This is the fourth major conference held by the 2025 Movement, a social movement of over 300 people and organisations including local authorities, housing associations, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board and Wrecsam Glyndwr University, as part of the group’s mission to end avoidable health inequalities across North Wales by 2025.

The Movement was formed in 2015 in response to figures which show that people living in areas of higher deprivation in North Wales are likely to live 11 years less than those in other areas. Its aim is to join up people and resources to address some of the area’s the most challenging health and wellbeing issues.

The 2025 Learning and Leadership Conference will share learning from the Movement’s work to date, as well as examining how partners can support a collective response to the requirements set out in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act Wales for public service collaboration by developing the education and leadership skills needed to deal with these complex challenges.

It will also explore how a taught leadership education programme being developed by Wrecsam Glyndwr University could help all organisations work and lead better together to support this agenda.

Clare Budden, Chair of the 2025 Movement and Chief Officer for Community and Enterprise at Flintshire County Council, said: “The 2025 Movement has grown significantly over the last two years both in terms of organisations joining and supporting our mission and through our influence with decision makers across North Wales and more widely as our agenda becomes increasingly more vital.

“If we are to continue to deliver real results through working together on what are extremely complex issues and challenges then strong leadership is crucial. This conference will focus on how we can develop the leadership skills we need at all levels to help us achieve even more for the people we all serve.”

The conference takes place on 27th April at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaph from 10am4pm. It is a free event thanks to event sponsors Wrecsam Glyndwr University and Seddon Construction.

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