Archive for November, 2014

At a recent event organised by Devon County Council representing the Children, Young People and Families Alliance, young people from Phoenix Learning and Care had the opportunity to ask questions and have their voices heard.

James and Dylan from Osbourne were accompanied by staff to the event held at Woodlands Adventure Park in Totnes. The event was an opportunity for young people to meet with a whole range of stake holders within their local community including representatives from the county council, the police, social services, health care and community groups. It was also a chance to use the park in between sessions to let off steam and have some well-earned fun!

The whole day was set up so that young people could address their questions to the people that could really effect change and to feed back what services and facilities they would like to see and really need in their own communities.

For James it was important to know how the issue of bullying is being addressed particularly in local schools and colleges. He was able to speak at length with a Police Community Support Officer and has even invited them to pop in for a cuppa the next time they are in the area to continue the discussion!

The event was a great success and a lot of very interesting views and opinions from both children and stakeholders were gained about things that need to be made better or need to be changed in order to improve things for all children, young people and families in the county. The next stage for the Alliance is to collate the feedback and from this start to identify the key priorities that will form the basis of the new Children and Young People’s Plan.

Every day presents us with challenges but young people and staff at Bourneville have created a praise tree to celebrate their successes and take time to reflect on the things that are going really well in their life.

The Praise Tree has pride of place on the stair well at Bourneville where everyone can see it no matter how much of a rush they are in or how busy the day ahead is. The tree was designed, painted and positioned by the young people at Bournville. Hand shapes cut from coloured paper form a vibrant scene but it is the messages written on the hands which are really inspirational.

No matter how tough a day has been, young people and staff encourage each other to find a positive message they would like to share and they write it on a hand shape and add it to the tree.

The result is a positive daily reminder of the progress being made and a brilliant piece of art work which is changing every day!

The Praise Tree on the wall with hands stuck on        One of the hands on the tree saying "I am special because I'm great at school".       One of the hands on the tree saying "I am special because I have lots of friends".