Thursday 2nd March saw Weymouth College students attend the Dorset Youth Association 0-19 Forum Conference held in Dorchester.
The forum – chaired by myself – is made up of many colleagues from both the voluntary and statutory sectors Pan Dorset.
Thursday’s delegates included representatives from Housing, Dorset County Council, small local and large national charities such as Julia’s house, The Horse Course, The Children’s Society, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Youth clubs, Police, Sure Start, children’s centres, Paragon, Bournemouth and Poole College, The Prince’s Trust and many others.
Matthew Reed, CEO of The Children’s Society, kicked off the day with the results of the society’s recently published research on adolescent neglect.
Other speakers included Vanessa Glenn, Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Sarah Elliot, Chair of Dorset Safeguarding Board, ladies from the Dorchester Islamic Centre and our own Peer Mentors, Zoe Hayne, (A Levels) and Lauren Hunter (Routes into).
Zoe and Lauren spoke about the mental health peer mentoring programme they are part of at the college. They spoke confidently and clearly, sharing the knowledge they have learnt from the L2 Youth Health Champion award with the very enthusiastic audience of over 100 people.
Finally the audience was entertained by motivational speaker, Action Jackson, who left all present feeling very enthused and motivated.
Kieran Coleman a Level 3 photography student here at Weymouth College, took over 200 photos throughout the day.
One of the true highlights of the day was the delicious buffet lunch prepared and served by our own Hix Academy students. Delegates were very complimentary about both the food and the students.
All our students did the college proud and in the words of Action Jackson were AMAZING!
Sue Dafter, Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Co-ordinator Weymouth College