This year has been a mad rollercoaster.. And not just with IY 😉 In total I have volunteered for 57 hours (I wonder myself how I’ve put up with CJ and Kev!!) I have done many different things, first day I did become a white van man 🙂 I have also taken part in a few conferences, one being the huge No Wrong Door conference!! Reading back at the things I wanted to bring and what I wanted to learn, makes me realise how far I have actually come. I have learnt lots of things to be honest, mainly how to do complicated things on the computer!! I’m really looking forward to 2013.. Hopefully there should be many opportunities for me as a result of me being an IY ambassador.
[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 🙂
After a long day at the ‘No Wrong Door’ conference, CJ, Kev and I attended the IY Artist summit.
The meeting which took place at the offices, aimed to look at the future of Inspired Youth as well as receiving feedback from the artist that work on the projects with us.
The night was an amazing revelation, bringing ideas and memories to the forefront of everyones minds.
Around the table sat and interesting collection of people, from photographers to a dancer, to a rapper -my fellow ambassador Liam.
On Thursday, I was about to leave to go collect my little man from nursery when there was a knock on the door, CJ let the important looking fella in… He was called Paul Murphy, he is the former City of York Assistant Director of Children’s and Young People’s services, and greeted us all with amazing feedback about the No Wrong Doors conference that us Young Mum’s were part of. Gave me a massive boost and I text Lauren and Kerri later on to tell them about the good feedback and they also were proper buzzing!! Paul also said there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (including us!!). Just goes to show, that all the hard work everyone put in had certainly paid off. We were already proud of ourselves after the conference, but getting feedback like this just boosts us up even more!! 🙂
SMASHING IT!! 🙂
Tuesday 23rd was the day for our nerve wracking huge conference!! On Monday, myself and Lauren (oh and the kids!) met up at IY with CJ, Kev and another IY ambassador Sami. The afternoon was spent eating, watching the final edit of the film, giving feedback and planning the conference. On the day of the conference we were all scared sh*tless to be quite honest, it was a huge conference with lots of professional people. Deep down we knew that we could do it but was still pretty scary! Continue reading
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.