Hiya, welcome to our first blog as Young Advisors,
We wanted to start a blog to keep you up to date with some of the things we have been up to over the last month. As a Young Advisor we get to do a variety of fantastic work but we don’t often get chance to share it wider with the Trust, so here we go!
This month we both headed down to London along with Fanso to attend the SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) Co-Production week (1 to 5 July) in Camden. The theme of the event was 'Sharing Power’ Co-production: Designing, delivering and evaluating services in equal partnerships with people who use services and carers.
It was brilliant to see over 150 people attend to celebrate co-production, providing a space in which young people and adults in receipt of social care could be heard! At the event, our very own Jordan gave a presentation on the impact of sharing power for young people in care. Jordan was also starred on SCIE’s Twitter page sharing his perspective to a wider network.
The following week, we went ‘back to school’ and were joined by three of our young people in attending a University Summer School facilitated by both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. This course ran for three days (10 – 12 July) and was themed around food, focussing on teaching culinary skills and providing an insight into food production. We learnt about food marketing, engineering and the science around production. We visited Whirlow farm and studied the ins and outs of food production from the beginning stages – and also learnt how to make our own sherbet dip dabs. On the last day on the course, our cooking skills were tested. A competition for the best team of chefs was introduced with the food being judged by the chef lecturers at Sheffield University who awarded our team as the winners! The winning dishes were lemon and herb chicken and garlic potatoes, followed by Eton mess. If anybody is interested in any culinary tips please see one of our crowned experts for the recipes! The three day experience at Sheffield University was rounded off with a graduation ceremony (cap and gown included) in which we were presented with certificates for our achievements. The course was a positive experience and allowed us to have a taste of further education.
A little closer to home as we can now proudly announce that both of us have taken over from Becci Coole and now sit on the Corporate Parenting Board as full members. This is an opportunity for us to give our voice to help the Trust provide a standard of care that would be expected by children and young people.
Thank you all for reading, see you next month.
Amy and Jordan,
The Young Advisors