On Wednesday 17th April I was invited to attend the Carers Strategy meeting at the new City of York Council offices, which was interesting to look around.
The purpose of the meeting was to see how the Carers Strategy could influence the Health and Wellbeing board, in terms of having more influence over carers services. The issues faced by carers cuts right across the key themes of the Health and Wellbeing board, showing that support for carers is a necessary part of the board.
After months of hard work, weeks of planning, and too many meetings to count, the event finally arrived.
If I was in a fairytale the line “Cinderella you shall go to the ball” seems appropriate. But I’m not in a fairytale as much as it saddens me to admit, it doesn’t, however, discredit the fact that the night was just as wonderful, with a fantastic atmosphere enjoyed by all who attended.
Today I met with one of my fellow YCR’ers; Cat. She joined myself and CJ in the office on her first day as a volunteer for Inspired Youth. We have another one!!
Before she joined, CJ asked her to think about 3 things that she could bring to the company, as well as 3 things she was hoping to learn whilst with us. This is what she decided.
I ask the question again, How do people not know about JRCF?
How is it that a charity which is supporting some of the most vulnerable young people within York isn’t widely known about?
I feel like standing and screaming about it to the people of York, and I would, but I’d probably be arrested for disturbing the peace or something like that. But the point remains, people need to know about JRCF, but that’s the purpose of the film really, getting the word out to those that don’t know about it.
I am incredibly lucky working with Inspired Youth, Kev and CJ work and meet some of the most amazing people, and with those people come heartfelt and inspiring stories.
We all have a story to tell, some of us just have more to tell, Some of the stories could have more twist and turns than even the bestselling author could ever dream about let alone write about, but these stories, these people we meet, they’re real.
These stories they tell are their life experiences, and granted some aren’t overly positive, but these people when you listen to what they have to say are absolutely amazing.
I had never heard about the Jack Raine Community Foundation up until the project with them was revealed, and after going there and meeting the staff, and those the charity helps, I felt awful. How is it that something so amazing and beneficial to the Young people in York is barely known about?
Day two of How to be an Outstanding Manager came around quickly, I don’t know if it’s because I had a lot to think about coming away from the first session, but the two weeks seemed to fly by.
After the success of the first day, I was looking forward to the second session, particularly because I knew we would be looking at how to recruit the staff that are best fit for the jobs available. Recruitment and the interview process has always been intriguing to me, more so since I realised that I wanted to set up my own company. I’ve always wondered how I could make sure that I would get the right person for the job.
It turns out that my questions were answered in the concluding training day.
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.
Yesterday I attended the NSPCC conference, which was an absolutely fantastic opportunity for me.
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.
On Wednesday 31st October, I attended the first part of a 2 day workshop on How To Be A Good Manager. Which took place at the Catalyst building of York University.
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.