My name is Anne and I am a third year student at The University of York. I have just started my placement today here at Inspired Youth. The first thing i have picked up is the down to earth attitude from chris and his calming spirit eased me into my first day. I found Kevin down to earth too and is very matter of fact with his opinions. He is a very busy man so much so he has two screens on his desk. I have done research today and have looked at the feature projects on the website. They are all good and, matter of fact surrounding the issues that are being addressed. One thing that has stuck out to me today is the film i watched on recovery stories. I found it extremely raw and powerful. It captured the true nature of these peoples lives and it was acted out by these very people. By far one of the most interesting afternoons i have had in a long time and very much looking forward to my next day here.
So today me and the dude’s from IY went on a little road trip up to York Uni to check out the 360 space!! I didn’t really know what to expect and even though Kev and CJ were trying to explain it, I just didn’t get it! So off we went into the Ron Cooke Hub, down the red carpet 😉 and into the 360 space. It was alot smaller than I expected and wierder than I thought it would be – the ‘walls’ were soft and when you touched it you could move the whole ‘wall’!! We waited a good 10 minutes before the IY film 🙂 And there it was… It is chuffing clever but it baffled my little brain with how much stuff goes on and having to turn all the time to look at all the walls….. But what an excellent idea the 360 space is!!! So after that we went on another road trip to the Orillo office and One&Other office to meet those dudes for the first time… (Well they’ve seen my face on the young mum film!) We managed to persuade them to use their (huge) office as the venue for the Freerunner film 🙂 Think I’ve had a productive day today (was even baking with my son at 8:30 this morning!) Just a shame my time at IY is coming to an end soon 😦
In the background this month Liam has been working away preparing audio rushes for the CRI Seeds of Recovery edits. As Liam co-recorded the audio statements and directed the Lyrical content of the campaign he was very well placed to do the first line edit on the stories and statements. The rushes were then handed over to Kev to use in the edit. You can see the results here. Impressive!
The aim was to have us ready for the Advisory Board meeting, prepared with notes and ideas that we each had in reference to Inspired Youth.
The aim was also to prepare us to meet members of Inspired Youth’s advisory board, who were coming down to meet with us.
The reason for my attendance is because the girls from Young, a mum and proud were presenting their film to the attendees.
I can tell you know, I have seen the film at least 4 times now, and I still get goosebumps, I still have to stop myself from crying. I can’t say how much it affects me, and I’m not even a mum.
I have so much respect from Adele, Lauren and Kerri, they have really done something amazing with their lives, regardless of what the media may say about young mums you can tell that these three girls dote on their children.
Once again the film got a fantastic reaction, and even thought there were a few tears the girls did amazing, even managing to answer a question asked by the audience.
Friday 2nd November signified the meeting of YCR (Young Carers Revolution)
A group of 11 Young Carers age 8 – 21 sat around the table to discuss the next steps of the award winning campaign.
Young Carers Revolution, which is separate from the York Carers Service looks to improve the lived of existing carers as well as identifying ‘hidden’ carers.
The group after a quick recap of the last meeting, spent the day being creative, and after a quick round of blind portrait, which is always good for a few laughs, it was down to work.
The activity was around the following five outcomes of the newly released children’s and young people’s plan, which Young Carers Revolution was consulted on in the writing of it.
I love working with Inspired Youth because they’re always sending me to different conferences and training days where I come away learning so much. Today was no different.
I’m not going to lie, I was nervous, I mean not about being a manager, the whole point of my university course is to train me to be a qualified Youth Work Manager. But there is something nerve wracking about going into a room, full of strangers, who are all dressed in suits.
[Pic : Debra Radford NSPCC Service Manager, Lauren, Adele, Helen Westerman NSPCC Campaigns Coordinator, Chris Cuthbert NSPCC Head of Strategy & Development for Under Ones & Professor Pasco Fearon UCL.]
So today us Young Mums (me and Lauren) went and took part in a workshop at the NSPCC Conference. We weren’t as scared as we have been but we were still pretty nervous – You’d have thought we would have got the hang of it now, we’ve done it that many times!! But never mind.. WE SMASHED IT AGAIN!! After our talk/film showing there was question and answer time in which we only got asked 1 question (glad about it!) which was easy to understand and easy to answer!! There were 2 important fellas from the NSPCC at the front with us and they were answering alot of questions! Afterwards when people were leaving, we were packing up and getting ready to go when a few people came up to us congratulating us with our workshop and a few people mentioned that they had seen us at the No Wrong Doors Conference. Two girls from the audience then come over and asked us a few more questions which me and Lauren were more than happy to answer! Then Chris and Pasco (the important fellas) come over and had a chat with us. Just a shame Kerri wasn’t there but we smashed it Lauren 🙂
Today, CJ, Kev and I attended the “Enhancing Studies & Practice of Social Economy and Social Capital in Higher Education” Meeting.
The meeting looked at how social enterprise education can be better in Higher Educational Institutes.
As part of my placement with Inspired Youth I have to work on a project with young people. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the Young Adult Carers service part of the York Carers Centre, were looking at the possibility of hosting an awareness day.
This idea has now changed into a Charity ball and auction, with me as the organiser. The event is being driven by the Young Adult Carers, with whom I met on Friday to discuss the ideas I had had, as well as any they had.