A group of young people from West Berkshire recently participated in a PGL residential. We had great fun – we all participated in a wide range of activities to enable us to learn about ourselves and then we led short activities so that we could experience not only taking part but leading and learning how to give and take feedback.
One of the objectives of the 3 day residential was also to take an Entry Level 3 Leadership Qualification. This was led by Richard Jennings from Berkshire Youth. Our photo’s and video clips tell the best story!
We did have some tense moments on Jacobs Ladder and the zip wire! In comparison, aero ball and archery was a walk in the park! We all made new friends and learned a great deal about ourselves!
The key message from our residential was to be brave and to have an aspiration – we all did. We are now in the middle of editing our video - so keep an eye on the young people’s pages of the West Berkshire SENDIASS website for more information about all of our achievements!
Thank you to all the organisations who helped SENDIASS to promote the ‘Making Your Voice Heard’ project and to Jane Seymour Service Manager for SEN & Disabled Children’s Team who was instrumental in driving the idea forward and West Berkshire SENDIASS who agreed to facilitate the project.
Thanks to all the young people who were prepared to take part and their parents who helped with transport and encouragement.
Special thanks to a fabulous team of supporters including: Tsippy Mcauliffe & Jonny Schooley from Interakt, Richard Jennings from Berkshire Youth, Natalie Mills from WaysintoWork and Helen Sturman from Independent Support who encouraged and supported the young people to engage, participate and achieve mostly at weekends!
More activities to help us:
- Challenge and change the way organisations work with young people with disabilities/SEN
- Enable us to continue to have our say and share our views!
- Improve services for young people with disabilities/SEN
And most importantly to involve and challenge young people with disabilities/SEN to recognise their potential for bringing about changes for themselves and others by ‘Making Their Voice Heard’.
This report was written by Lesley Reilly West Berkshire SENDIASS Officer – young people February 2017.