Written by: Karima Abdou, Young Advisor
Following the success of last year’s Summer PIE (Participation Involvement Event), young people and participation workers from across the London and South East Learning Collaborative gathered once again to join the CYP IAPT young advisors on the 25th August 2017.
Passionate about participation in CAMHS, the event provided an opportunity for attendees to get talking and discuss the improvements they would like to see made to participation, as well as tips and tricks they find work well. The day was also a perfect opportunity for young people to network with others with similar experiences to their own, and gain insight into how to get more involved for those new to services.
The agenda for the day started off with an introduction and icebreaker, to get people acquainted and talking to others from outside their service. This was followed by a Participation Open Mic, allowing people the opportunity to share the work they have been doing throughout the year with their participation groups and celebrate the achievements of others. There was also a Q&A session with the young advisors answering any questions that arose after the initial introductions.
In the breaks, attendees had the opportunity to play on the SmartGym Cardio Wall and FitLights equipment. As always competition got heated with everyone battling it out for the ever-increasing high score!
The day also included a talk on teaching participation by David Trickey a Clinical Course Tutor and the young advisors, opening up interesting discussions at each table about what makes a good participation worker and advice the young people would give to those on the course, eager to improve.
After everyone had a chance to grab something to eat at lunch the conversation took a techy turn, with a mini Hackathon workshop where attendees came up with tech solutions to the troubles their partners faced when waking up in the morning. This gave everyone a taste of the Hackathons where young people can come along and pitch their app ideas, with the opportunity to get it developed by a team of coders.
The day came to a close with an Involvement Open Mic, giving organisations the opportunity to showcase the work they do and advertise the opportunities they provide to the young people attending. Those speaking were Nick Morgan from the AFNCCF Young Champions, a representative from the King’s College Research Advisory Group as well as a speaker from Time to Change. The day then ended with some group feedback and discussions on how the Summer PIE 2 could have been improved and pointers to keep in mind for next year.
The CYP IAPT young advisors would like to send out a massive thank you to all of those who attended the Summer PIE 2 and made the day a wonderful success. It was brilliant seeing both familiar and new faces, and having the opportunity to celebrate amazing participation work.
For those wishing to stay in touch with the young advisors, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow their adventures on Twitter @cypiaptyadvisor.