Legacy programmes are providing young people aged 18-25 in Yorkshire with a unique and free opportunity to shape Yorkshire’s future challenging them to think through what their generation’s legacy will be.

Legacy is a global campaign by international leadership development organization Common Purpose that invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders.    Common Purpose is delivering three Legacy programmes in Yorkshire in June and July – in South Yorkshire, Leeds and Bradford.  In these powerful online programmes, participants will work together to tackle a challenge for Yorkshire.  Given COP26 (the annual UN Climate Change Conference) taking place in Glasgow later this year, all UK Legacy programmes have a green challenge at their heart, ie “How do we act together to transform our community into a cleaner, greener place for all?” Legacy programme participants will investigate the issues, collaborate, and hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. They will then test, refine and present these ideas to senior leaders.

Marie Mohan, Chief Executive of Common Purpose UK said: “Our Legacy programmes pre-dated the pandemic but they are coming into their own now given how important it is that we invest in young people after the year they’ve had – in terms of the damage to their education, employment prospects and social lives. Equally, we need to involve young people in shaping the recovery plans for the future of their communities and to let them know that their perspectives are valued. We all need to hear and support our young people with their big ideas and long-term thinking.”

South Yorkshire

Sheffield150 takes place over four days; from 14–15 and 17–18 June. It is made possible by the generous support of Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Region LEP, Westfield Health and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

Young people aged 18-25 living and studying in South Yorkshire can apply at:


Louisa Harrison Walker, Chair, Common Purpose South Yorkshire Advisory Group said: “I’m delighted Common Purpose is running one of five northern Legacy programmes here in South Yorkshire. It’s an incredible opportunity for 100 18-25 year olds to glean insights from leading lights in local business, charities and public office, as well as each other. They will discover the power of difference and the beauty of collaboration.

I’d really like to see a wide range of applicants, from all walks of life.  We can’t change the story if we don’t change the story tellers and today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders.”

Nicola Hartley, Executive Director for People & Organizational Development at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are delighted to support the Legacy programme that allows our colleagues to work out of their comfort zone and challenge current practices so that they can make significant improvements in their personal development as well as meet other professionals from across the region.”


Leeds150 takes place over four days; from the 24–25 and 28–29 June. It is made possible by the generous support of the following: Leeds Beckett University, RSM, Luminate Education Group and Leeds City Council.

Young people aged 18-25 living and studying in Leeds can apply at:


Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Deputy Leader of Council and Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education commented: “Leeds City Council is proud to once again sponsor the Leeds 150 Legacy programme, working with Common Purpose to engage with the next generation of future leaders.  Part of our “Best City” ambition is to be a place where everyone living, working or studying here is able to contribute to and participate in the life of the city.  As the Leeds150 Legacy participants imagine their Leeds of the future and consider how to make it a cleaner, greener place for everyone they will help to inform the decisions that we are taking now to create a city that continues to support all our residents to participate in city life to their full potential”.

Mike Thornton, Managing Partner – Leeds, RSM UK added: “I am delighted that we have partnered with Common Purpose on this pioneering Legacy programme for the City of Leeds. Every year we take on over 20 young people into RSM in Leeds to train in our accountancy profession. We absolutely support the need for all children and young people be able reach their ambition and maximize their unique potential. Our young people are the ones that will shape our city into the future and we are delighted to support this great and visionary programme”.


Bradford150 takes place over four days; from the 5–6 and 8–9 July. It is made possible by the generous support of: Bradford College, Bradford District and Craven CCG, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Yorkshire Building Society and Islamic Relief Worldwide.

Young people aged 18-25 living and studying in Bradford and district can apply at:  https://commonpurpose.org/bradford150

Tracey Newton, Director of Colleague Experience of YBS commented:  “As a Bradford-based organization that itself has been around for over 150 years we are proud to be involved with the Bradford150 programme as part of the Common Purpose Legacy initiative. We currently support many young people across Bradford through financial education and employability programmes. As it will be 150 years since Bradford was formally granted city status in 2047, the Bradford150 programme brings together 100 young leaders from the city to address what the legacy of their generation in Bradford will be and also provides them with the opportunity to work with current civic and business leaders to help them gain new experience and knowledge.”

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