The weekend of 29th-30th November, there was a young carers champion conference at the Hollowford centre in Hope. The weekend was called young carers in focus champions which was ran by The Childrens Society. We met lots of new people from lots of different places, and they are all amazing in lots of different ways. This weekend was about having a great time, learning new skills, meet new people, make new friends and be enthused and motivated to make a difference for young carers locally and nationally. We arrived on Friday by train and we got picked up by minibus to take us the centre, everyone was really hungry so we all went straight for tea which was very nice. After tea we went for a welcoming meeting in the lounge where we got told about what the weekend would be and what activities we would be doing. For the rest of the night we had a choice of either going to watch a film, chill around playing pool or table tennis or going to a relaxation session. On Saturday morning we had to pack and bring our things downstairs, then we went for a really nice breakfast yummy, we had to do 3 activities in the morning which was how to be an online champion, character- who am I and well being, they were really good. The options for Saturday afternoon was either filming and editing, festival planning or learning top tips for being interviewed which you could choose one to do from 1:30-2:30 then you got a choice of digital storytelling, standards for schools and mental health awareness which was from 2:45-3:45 then finally we had a choice from interviewing skills, leadership or journey planning from 4-5. When we had finished them activities we had a final session altogether where we got told about what to do on makewaves and telling us that there are other residentials coming up in the future, which I may be going to. Within the final session we got handed a pack that has lots of information in it plus a certificate. After a really good weekend we had to go home. As there is only 1 minibus we had to go in groups, I was on the last one. Then we went on the train and went home. I have wrote this blog as soon as I have got home.
Blog by Matthew Campbell