Take-off time for the Trust
Young people from the Birmingham Children in Care Council (CiCC) and the Birmingham Care Leavers’ Forum were the stars of the show at the Birmingham Children’s Trust launch event.
Young people from the Birmingham Children in Care Council (CiCC) and the Birmingham Care Leavers’ Forum were the stars of the show at the Birmingham Children’s Trust launch event that took place today (12 April).
From opening and closing the event, giving speeches, and organising interactive exercises including capturing Trust selfies, young people led the way throughout the event. Young people also featured in two short films about the Trust that were screened at the event.
Over 100 people attended the launch event, hosted by young people, with delegates including staff, Council Members, and partners we work with regularly ranging from the NHS, Police and local businesses to trade union representatives.
The event featured a paper aeroplane making challenge, where all attendees were asked to make a Trust paper plane, write on it their hope for the Trust, and then launch it around the room. Young people then read out some of the comments. Responses included ‘My hope for the Trust is…to improve life opportunities for children and young people that go forward into adult lives – having great jobs, great relationships and great lives’ and ‘My hope for the Trust is…for our young people to be at the heart of all we do’.
Held at the Aston Conference Centre, the launch featured speeches from Councillor Shafique Shah, Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, and Andrew Christie, Chair of the Birmingham Children’s Trust. There was also a number of moving speeches from young people who spoke about their aspirations, and how they have helped to shape the Trust, as well as choose the logo and colours.
“Each one of us has a vital part to play in making sure the Trust really does make a difference. I hope you will soon start to feel the impact of our focus on children and young people, on improving practice, on making it easier to do our jobs and on providing effective leadership, challenge and support that enables all of us to give our best.” said Andrew Christie
A CiCC member who attended on the day said, “My hope for the Trust is that we are listened to more, as this is something that really can be improved. We are proud to have chosen the logo design and also we were happy to on the interview panel for the Trust’s chair, even though I do remember he was nervous when we interviewed him.”
To see some pictures from the day go to the Trust’s Twitter account @bhamchildtrust #ImwiththeTrust.