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3 VOYCE members went to some leadership training on Wednesday 24th July 2013.

... It should have cost £2000 each but we got some free places from Sheffield futures, so we could have the training.

Here is all about the day…

Conventions (rules)-

• Respect

• Use 1st name

• One voice

• Support each other

• Get involved

• Enjoy it and have fun


• Connect to and learn from each other

• Develop understanding of your own leadership potential

• Raise self-awareness and understanding practical skills to aid future careers and activities


What we did…

1. Fears and hopes- when we did this activity we had to write down a FEAR and screw the piece of paper up and throw them at each other then pick one up and read it out. Then we had to right a HOPE down and do the same

2. Box challenge- what we had to do was get into a group and we got given photos of outside and around the church where there was a clue for us. When we found all the clues we went back inside and decide what we had to do to open the box, inside was either a box of celebrations or you would get squirted with tomato ketchup. Then we found a question sheet and where we had to answer the questions and then we figured out the way to open the box. It turned out that you had to pull a stick out put it in somewhere else and open the lid 2 inches high then you opened it. We did it right so we got the chocolates (yummy). That was fun.

3. Knot game- we had two big groups and we had to hold 2 different peoples hand to tie our self-up. Then we had to unknot our knot without letting go of the hands.

4. Objects- all of us should have brought 1 item/object in that represents us. Then we had 1 minute to talk about why we chose that item and what it means to us.

5. Most/least powerful- in groups we had been given an envelope full of pictures of famous people. We had to decide who was the most powerful and who was the least powerful. That was really hard as we all had different opinions.

6. Our thoughts- for this there were four different groups around different areas like bullying, crimes, school. We had an advisor in our group to discuss what we can do in the groups. Then we went to the front and presented our ideas and the advisors asked questions about what we will do to make this happen.

Here are the advisors names and what they do…

• Sue Hughes, business support manager, Sheffield Hallam university

• Cllr Sioned-Mair Richards, labour councillor for Shire green and Brightside

• Inspector Simon Mottram, South Yorkshire Police

• Ernie Opuni, peer review manager, local government association


7. Final thoughts- we had to say one thing we have got out of going to the training.


All of us really enjoyed it and I would do it again



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