Blank canvas… time to make a mess!


IMG_5421loOk, so today was the first day of the GeniUS Dementia project and my first day working alongside the guys at Inspired Youth.
Over the next month, we’ll get to know a group of residents from Hartrigg Oaks retirement home who will share their life memories and experiences of living with dementia to students from Jospeh Rowntree School. These young whippersnappers will then create an artistic piece of genius to raise awareness of Dementia amongst young people.
Day 1 started with coffee at Hartrigg’s followed by an intro to the kids at ‘Jo Ro’. It was great being back at my old school, not sure the teachers were as pleased to see me though!
Tomorrow we take our first trip down memory lane, the guys at Hartriggs reminiscing through art.
Throughout the journey, I’ll be there to capture goings-on and what the kids are discovering about a crucial issue in society.
As a Demetia carer myself, I’m really excited by the project and honestly don’t know what to expect.
We’ve got a blank canvas, time to make a mess!
Ali 😀



Generating Ideas – Sami

Today I spent the day in HQ a.k.a the Inspired Youth offices. After having my debriefing of office politics or the brew rota, it was down to business.

My first point of call was talking to CJ about the initial ideas I have about a formal charity ball and auction that I am organising as part of my placement. The ball is a fundraiser and awareness night for the York Adult Carers service in York.

After explaining the initial ideas to CJ he helped me to understand my point of direction and identify areas of focus, as well as discussing options to make the event stand out and to be special .

Whilst I was away from the office CJ found several links that were of interest to me, one in particular being the use of Pinterest in Business Marketing.

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ACEVO – SIG Meeting: Social Enterprise – Sami



On Tuesday 4th September, CJ and I travelled down to Leeds to meet with ACEVO for their Special Interest Group (SIG) which was about Social Enterprise, this meeting was specific for those in the North.

CJ and Kev are both fellows of the Royal Society of Arts, it was a fellow, fellow Kate Welch that invited CJ to attend the meeting, since Inspired Youth is a not for profit Social Enterprise.

The meeting presented some interesting aspects into the world of social enterprise. Each of the attendees after having introduced themselves, listened intently as two presentations were given, one being presented by CJ with my input, The second presentation presented by Chris Dabbs – CEO of Unlimited Potential, was throughly enlightening, presenting an interesting approach to engaging and providing services.

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Innovation Day @ York CVS – Sami

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