YCR were in action again this month at the Inspired Youth offices at YSJ Phoenix Centre. The group came together to look at progress that had been made since the last session. They learned that their work on a response to the Carers Support Bill had been taken forward by Liz Langwade (Senior Young Carers Worker at York Carers Centre) and that she’d also met with Sian Balsom from York CVS to talk about the group’s ideas for speaking to the Clinical Commissioning Group. They heard that their ideas in response to the city’s Health & Wellbeing Strategy had been taken on by Frances Perry (Carers & Strategic Policy Manager at City of York Council). Finally they heard that the idea for a regional event involving Carers and MPs had been taken on by the Parliamentary Outreach Service! Also YCR Founder Member & IY Ambassador Sami presented her plans for a fundraising event for young adult carers after Christmas. Sami asked YCR to present some of their work on the night which got an enthusiastic response!
Then it was on to today’s task. In previous weeks YCR members had contributed to the Children & Young People’s Plan “Dream Again”. The plan was to take the 5 priorities listed in the plan for further work and come up with a creative response from the perspective of young carers. The group worked on a banner mural detailing their thoughts. They then recorded some statements relating to the themes using a Roland R26 Audio Recorder. Meanwhile, photographs were being taken of the artwork using a Canon 5D MkII. The plan is to combine the two into a short digital presentation.
Finally we invited Paul Murphy, the person who was responsible for writing the Children & Young People’s plan, to meet the group and see their emerging work. Watch this space for the final piece.