Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria

Leading Change


The Leading Change Programme enables us to engage with 12 to 16 year olds across Cumbria to inspire and nurture future aspirations and empower young people to make decisions, to make commitments and ultimately to make a difference to their communities. We know from our other programmes that sort of activity can be a life-changing experience for your people, broadening their horizons and instilling a new confidence in themselves, and in their futures. The Leading Change concept was originally successfully piloted by the CforLP in Workington Academy with Transforming West Cumbria #CANDO funding learn more.

The next Leading Change programme will be starting in January 2024.

  • Schools – Contact us to register you interest here
  • Businesses – Contact us to enquire about getting involved or sponsoring a Leading Change campaign here


  • Support young people to develop their leadership skills.
  • Provide opportunities for young people to have their voices heard on issues that matter most to them.
  • Influence positive change in their local communities through their campaigning efforts.
  • Encourages and nurtures creative thinking
  • Develops self-confidence
  • Showcase hidden talents in an accessible way
  • Develops links between young people, secondary schools, local businesses, charities and third sector


School Videos

Cockermouth School
Whitehaven Academy
Lakes College
St Benedict’s

Who has been involved?

Take a look at who was involved in the Leading Change 2023 Sustainability Challenge below.


“The pupils rose to the challenge and worked brilliantly together as a team.”
Cath Howard
“Leading Change aims to inspire and nurture future aspirations and empower young people. This experience can be life-changing for young people, broadening their horizons and instilling a new confidence in themselves, and in their futures. The success of at Workington Academy shows young people can influence change in their local…read more
Nicola Woolley – Secondary Programme Manager for CforLP
“Our pupils seized this opportunity and did a huge amount of work in a very short time. Their research determined which re-usable bottles would be best, pupils were surveyed to get their input into the idea of eradicating single-use water bottles, and they have now turned their environmentally-friendly idea into…read more
Tina Thomson – Workington Academy Teacher
“We believe in reducing the amount of single use plastics and reusable water bottles are one way to tackle the issue.  We were impressed by the project that the students are taking on and were happy to donate over 1,000 reusable bottles to help them on their way.”…read more
John Hilton – Project Director for United Utilities
It was an absolutely amazing experience working alongside students from Keswick school… watching them learn, grow and work together. The tight schedule meant the group using a whole range of skills including prioritising, delegating, communication and research as they rose to the challenge admirably….read more
Sharon Brook, North Lakes Hotel & Spa
These young people have risen to the challenge of the UN sustainability goals with support from the business mentors, and have produced an exciting and imaginative range of ideas to engage their local communities and stakeholders. The Leading Change Sustainability programme gives young people the chance to lead and have…read more
Gary McKeating, Sellafield Ltd
The boys got a lot out of it and really appreciated the time given to listening to their project ideas and progress summary. They rarely get such an opportunity, and today when we were out in the garden area – measuring up in order to purchase some more weed membrane…read more
Anna Dove, Accelerated Progress Leader at St Joseph’s Catholic High School

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Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria