Blank canvas… time to make a mess!

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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 😀

 

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Young People and Social Policy lecture – 14th January – Adele

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P1020715vSo.. 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!! 🙂

End of the Year :) – Adele

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IT’S CHRISTMAAAAAASSSSSS!!

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.

IY First Impressions-Anne

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CRI PlaqueMy name is Anne and I am a third year student at The University of York. I have just started my placement today here at Inspired Youth. The first thing i have picked up is the down to earth attitude from chris and his calming spirit eased me into my first day. I found Kevin down to earth too and is very matter of fact with his opinions. He is a very busy man so much so he has two screens on his desk. I have done research today and have looked at the feature projects on the website. They are all  good and, matter of fact surrounding the issues that are being addressed. One thing that has stuck out to me today is the film i watched on recovery stories. I found it extremely raw and powerful. It captured the true nature of these peoples lives and it was acted out by these very people. By far one of the most interesting afternoons i have had in a long time and very much looking forward to my next day here.

Audio Production – Liam

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In the background this month Liam has been working away preparing audio rushes for the CRI Seeds of Recovery edits. As Liam co-recorded the audio statements and directed the Lyrical content of the campaign he was very well placed to do the first line edit on the stories and statements. The rushes were then handed over to Kev to use in the edit. You can see the results here. Impressive!

White Van Man – Adele ;)

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[ View from the white van window ]

Today me and CJ travelled to Bilbrough, Leeds and Bradford delivering the Chance exhibition art work back to the projects who made them. CJ had hired a white van and we set off on the road with all the materials. We had 3 stops; Bilbrough Country Classroom, Foundation UK Leeds and Barnardo’s Allergrange Bradford. I met some memorable people 😉 I also had plenty of fag breaks and a Maccy Ds 🙂