BRINGING communities together is the aim of one Solihull teenager, who helped to organise a national youth conference.
Talha Ghannam is a member of the Young Muslims Advisory Group (YMAG) which organised last Saturday’s event. Hundreds of people visited the conference, which took place in Leeds and welcomed people from all backgrounds.
The young visitors had the chance to grill Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and take part in workshops.
“The event was called Dialogue, because that is what we want to create between different groups,” said Talha. “We want to highlight those issues which are important to people and open discussion about them. We had hundreds of people take part and we were very pleased with the response”
According to the former Arden School pupil, young people from all backgrounds are increasingly disillusioned with politics.
Prior to joining the YMAG, the 19-year-old was already involved with Solihull’s Building Bridges initiative. The project aims to improve links between Muslims and local groups.
Last year he joined the YMAG - which was set up by the Government to give young Muslims a voice.
MP Hazel Blears said: “These young people have so much to contribute to society and I am keen to take every opportunity to hear from them. I look forward to hearing their views and getting an understanding of the things that matter to them.
“I have met with Talha and am sure that he will be a fantastic ambassador both for the West Midlands and also for other young people.”