As suspected the young people from Phoenix learning and Care really showed the team at Head Office how it’s done and made a real success of the very first ‘Take Over Day’ on the 18th February.
The day started by the young people conducting an interview on a potential member of staff. This included calling them to book the time, asking various interview questions and then discussing the candidate before coming to a decision. He got the job!
Next it was time to get down to the detail and the young people carried out a Regulation 33 visit on head office and fresh eyes checks!!
The group was given a budget of £500. They then had to work with senior management to sort the finance, legalities and staffing before coming together to have an executive meeting and to make a decision on how best to use the money.
Suggestions included going for a day out, donating the money to charity, a possible photo shoot to enable them to make calendars for further fund raising. All of these were great ideas and the enthusiasm was contagious!
In the end it was suggested by one young person that they all go to London and attend the APPG. As this is a meeting in Parliament from 5-7pm it was agreed that they would use the money to get the train there, and to visit the dungeons and the London eye whilst there!!
Unfortunately the invites have all gone for the APPG and there will not be another until after the election. Instead we have organised for the group to visit the Who Cares? Trust offices in London and for them to have their own workshop in producing the Who Cares? Magazine. The young people are already really excited about this visit and looking forward to taking away a copy of the magazine they have had real input into.
Well done everyone involved and role on the next time.