I applied for the programme as I had been working in public services for almost 10 years, had become frustrated with the increasing lack of resources and negative impact on the people I support, and was looking for a way to be able to influence change more effectively.

The programme, via its mentoring, peer support and training events, has helped me develop an understanding of how politics works in Wales, how I might effectively run for election in future, and has helped me gain confidence in myself and the potential that I have to effect change. I would recommend the programme to anyone eager to bring about positive change in whatever field they find themselves in.