The day started with Aidan and Max (members of Brightsparks) coming to a preliminary meeting with CJ, Kev, Liam and I. Where CJ gave us a a sheet of paper asking us about IY.
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.
So today was the ‘No Wrong Door’ conference.
It is my second time attending the conference which had been running for 6 years, however this time I was attending as my status as an Ambassador for Inspired Youth as well as a youth worker.
The last time I attended it was for the launch of Young Carers Revolution, this time it was the launch of Inspired Youth’s latest project: Young, a Mum and Proud. The response to the film was very positive, and although the event was emotional for the girls, it was fantastic for service providers to see how teenage pregnancy is just a statistic, and how those who have children young shouldn’t be seen as a deficit.
The day also saw the launch of the children and young people’s plan, which I think will be really beneficial for young people across York. The plan was informed and shaped by young people and the services that help support them.
The conference was also a brilliant time to get the word of chance out. Aidan, Liam and myself manned the stall to help promote Chance. The attendees were very interested in the project, and were particularly interested in the direction it was heading and ultimately what we were hoping to achieve.
On Monday 23rd July, Brightspark Aidan and I were invited to attend an Innovations Day at the York Voluntary Service.
After a meet and greet over coffee, the day started with an opening speech about the progression of services within the public, private and third sectors.
It was introduced that the way forward was innovative thinking, thinking of new ways in which to provide services, considering factors such as budget and spending cuts as well as factoring in the increasing demand on the workforce. Continue reading