A Voice of the Region

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A Voice of the Region
Thomas Blackwell
World Health Organisation 67th Regional Committee
Budapest – Hungary
September 2017

Young Wales got to know a young person, Tom, through working with the Senedd yr Ifanc in Wrexham.

Tom was part of a group that attended a Public Health Wales residential to inform a young person’s version of their Annual Quality Statement.

Shortly after this piece of work Young Wales was sent information that the World Health Organisation (WHO) were looking for people to be a ‘Voice of the Region’ based on the theme ‘leave no one behind’ that drives the 2030 agenda.

Having understood a little of Tom’s story from him while working together we contacted him through the Senedd yr Ifanc to see if he would be interested in sharing his story, he agreed that it was something he would like to be involved in.

Faith, David and Lasse from the communications team at WHO came to visit Tom to create his film and invite him to attend the 67th Regional Committee in Budapest

Here is a link to Tom’s story:

At the Regional Committee Tom took part in a breakfast meeting ‘Strengthening Community and System Resilience’.

Later that morning Tom’s story was shown to the committee and at lunch time he took the podium at a Ministerial Lunch to expand on the importance of ‘leaving no one behind’

The experience has been very positive for Tom, being able to speak up about his experiences and putting forward the message that he should not be an exception, everyone deserves an equal opportunity to thrive and do well regardless of what adversity they may face. This made his role tangible and integral to the messages being put forward in the theme ‘leave no one behind’.

Tom is due to attend university in Durham, studying politics as well as being accepted in the Royal Navy Reserves, his drive and determination will serve him well.

We wish him every success.


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