So.. Me and Lauren went up to the York Uni to present our You Tell Me campaign, and smashed it once again!! 🙂 We got amazing feedback, not only straight after the event but via the Young People and Social Policy blog. It really does boost our confidence up, certainly the comments via the blog!! And we are more than happy to answer questions! We hope that we get our message across about our experiences of being young mums. This campaign does mean alot to us, as we are giving all young mums a voice. It is still hard for us to watch the film, and present it.. Most of the time we still get emotional!! But seeing the impact it makes, shows us that it really is worth it. I’ve said before, but no matter how many times we do these events, each one is different and we are still very nervous about it. But afterwards, especially hearing and seeing positive feedback, we wonder what we were nervous about. Without CJ or Kev, we wouldn’t have been able to do this so we are both grateful!! Hopefully, we will have many more events to smash!! 🙂
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.
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.
[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 🙂
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!! 🙂
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
Yesterday was a funny day of sorts, it started out fun filled as I got the chance to meet two of the girls from Inspired Youth’s latest project Young, a mum and proud. One of the girls was my fellow ambassador Adele, and despite working for the same company, its the first time I had the chance to meet her.