It was no ordinary week…..
Back in Scotland!
Following the success of the Voice of the Child seminar in Edinburgh earlier this year and with an ever-increasing footprint in Scotland, we had the pleasure of visiting our friends over in South Ayr and East Dumbarton. Scarlett and Alex were most impressed with the Scottish hospitality and can’t wait to return! (Look out soon for a whole blog devoted to all things Mind Of My Own Scotland.)
Did some change management
Beatrice spent the whole week completing an accredited change management course. Mind Of My Own can be considered as a change programme; changing the way workers complete direct work to engage with young people on their case load and potentially changing aspects of the wider organisation. During the implementation of Mind Of My Own change is important to facilitate a successful project plan, as well as embed a new way of working fully within any organisation. The knowledge gained by Beatrice will help us support our leads to overcome resistance, build momentum and sustain change within their organisation.
Presented in Northamptonshire and Stoke
Natalie and Amanda gave presentations in Northamptonshire and Stoke. A lot of work goes into a presentation before it can go ahead so it was a very busy week. Both meetings were full of very engaged people who clearly have the best interests of children at heart, leading to some very interesting discussions that we look forward to continuing into the new year.
Then to Helsinki….
Jill and Yvonne spent most of the week at a tech entrepreneurs show in Helsinki, called Slush! Having chatted to hundreds of people from all over the world, they returned with lots of ideas for future developments and partnerships.
Squeezed in a hackathon
On Saturday Yvonne and Scarlett were at Microsoft’s Reactor building in London, supporting the Generation Code hackathon run by UK Youth. It was so inspiring to work alongside young people starting to design digital solutions for global challenges within the overall theme of tech for good.
Ended on a high
The working week wasn’t over – Hunter rounded it off by presenting an award at a very special event with West Sussex children’s services. Their annual EPIC awards honour inspirational young people and heroes among carers. What a fantastic way to round off 7 days in the life of Mind Of My Own!