Bedford’s young adults encouraged to ‘rise up’


UpRising, the UK-wide youth leadership charity is encouraging all Bedfordians aged between 18-25 to apply for their 2019/20 Bedfordshire Leadership Programmes.

The charity’s mission is to make sure a diverse group of young people have access to opportunities though part time course that will give them skills and experience for use in later life.

The programmes are free, part-time, and takes place over nine months, fitting around work, study or other commitments.

UpRising also gives young people the chance to walk through doors that wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to, such as the Palace of Westminster and the board rooms of top companies.

In doing so they can meet MPs, chief executives and senior civil servants and also learn about how media works, and to meet journalists.

Recent themes for the programme have included issues such as sexual harassment, mental health, introducing oral history to the curriculum and combating loneliness in older people.

The list of themes is long but they all have a common thread which is about tackling a social issue of importance to the community.

“The UpRising programme has given me tools and skills needed to develop professionally,” said 2018/2019 Bedford Leadership Programme participant Leah.

“Simply being on the programme has meant I have things to talk about when I meet people and network, as I can speak about the various sessions I attended.

“Before I joined the programme I was a Research Assistant. When a more senior position become available UpRising had given me the confidence to apply for it.

“During the interview I regularly referenced UpRising, the training sessions and the work of my social action campaign. I think this experience got me the promotion.”

Applications for this year’s programme close on 22 October. Please visit to find out more.