Common Purpose is 30

What will your generation's legacy be?


In 2034, it will be 60 years since the formation of Sunderland – how will you shape Sunderland’s future?

Sunderland60 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Sunderland to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?" Because after all, they are the generation who will shape Sunderland ahead.

Sunderland60 is part of Legacy; a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. Click here to see other legacy programmes around the world.

By doing Sunderland60 you will:

  • Learn skills and tools to practice leadership in your own context including team building, problem-solving and communications
  • Build connections with your peers and established leaders from across Sunderland
  • Have the opportunity to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions

If you're a young leader aged 18-25 from Sunderland, apply for this free online programme here!

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, Gentoo

"We are delighted to be supporting the Common Purpose Legacy Programme alongside our key partners in Sunderland. We believe it's hugely important to create opportunities for young people in the city to develop their skills and create a shared vision for their legacy in Sunderland. The programme will provide young people with a fantastic opportunity to work together on creating some ideas for transforming communities into greener and cleaner spaces as we work towards our target of Sunderland becoming carbon neutral by 2040."

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Why take part?

Sunderland60 is your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your generation’s legacy will be. As part of a highly diverse group of peers, you will tackle real social challenges facing Sunderland.

What happens on Sunderland60?

You'll join a group of up to 100 young people in Sunderland to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces. This year's challenge is: ‘How can we act together to transform Sunderland into a cleaner, greener place for all?’ 

You'll come together online to investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You’ll test, refine and present them to leaders in Sunderland.

Sunderland60 is inter-generational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across Sunderland, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.


Dates? Dates TBC

Where? 4 hours each day online. All sessions are on Zoom.

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25 living, working, or studying in Sunderland.

How much does it cost? Sunderland60 is free.

Application process

The application process for Sunderland60 involves answering a question that reflects your passion for leadership and your city. The question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song, or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Sunderland

Professor Michael Young, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Sunderland

"As a life-changing, society-shaping university, we are proud to be supporting the Common Purpose Legacy Programme alongside other partners in Sunderland. Our students and staff look forward to contributing to the diverse group of leaders that will help shape our city’s future, and we stand ready to support them in making the personal, professional and civic impacts that will deliver that legacy."