When graciously offered the guest cameo spot of ‘Rashids Ramblings’ – I jumped at the chance to perhaps give a deputised insight to the organisation. I mused on whether to write a really punchy piece on liberation movements of the past, and how these resonate with a modern British audience who have become heavily attracted to social action and reform. Perhaps I could examine the ongoing debate around the surreptitious impact of social media on millennials. Or maybe we keep things slightly lighter-touch and pedestrian, by discussing whether the ‘joy of Christmas’ is still a ‘thing’ for young people today. This was all side-stepped, of course, by a totally organic moment of contemplation which was instigated by a question posed.
An assessor from an awarding body visited the organisation this week, and as a final denouement asked the question; ‘Does the organisation have a robust succession plan?’ Within the youth and community sector, it seems like we are constantly working on sustainability plans to ensure our organisations remain relevant, credible and buoyant – but how far into the future are we truly gazing? The idea of a succession plan for PYF seems redundant…. surely? We’re all so passionate, ambitious, busy – we can’t imagine a time where we must ‘pass the baton on’. For a moment the assessor stopped me in my tracks, before I managed to bumble onwards pointing out our informed recruitment choices and robust CPD standards. Later I reflected again, this time with a resolute smile; Viva la Youth Work – may its well-informed, positive, nurturing, inclusive nature be passed on for generations and outlive us all!
My Ramblings of this month can really only focus on one item, the recent ‘Changing Trax – Electric Proms’ delivered by our team on the 1st November.
What a night! The young people and staff involved showed Coventry and our wider national partners what they are all about. Passion, determination and most of resilience.
The journeys of the young people have each been unique and life-changing. This was not a music show, it was an opportunity to raise the aspirations of young people and partners alike.
My special thanks to the staff team at PYF, the partners involved in the delivery and funding of the programme. A night where we witnessed first-hand, the value of effective partnership working. I asked all guests to make a pledge towards young people in the city, something which you will be held accountable for!
We talked about inducting our partners in to the ‘PYF Family’, which by extension, is the city and beyond, as we all have a role to play in helping all young people to improve their life chances.
So whilst we sit back today and reflect on all of the incredible moments that made the event so very special, we also keep a close eye on the future, and remind ourselves that our work is not yet complete as many young people are in need of critical support.
Thank you to each of you for your ongoing support – together, we can ensure that no young person is left behind.