The day in Kendal, Cumbria was not only an opportunity to share the benefits of collaboration but also to make new contacts and build new relationships.
During the day a number of the network’s collaborative projects were showcased. Representatives from the network and the NHS Better Care Together team highlighted the benefits of working together for the Exploring Health Careers project which brought together academics and professionals to inspire young people to find out more about the full range of careers available in the NHS.
Delegates heard from some of the schools who are benefitting from the networks projects including a pupil referral unit from Blackpool who were taking part in the PRU Character Building project. Their student have been working with a local photographer and their pictures were on display in the heart of the project village. Detailing life in Blackpool the project has raised the confidence of the students who have taken part and they had a chance to see their work on display when the visited the event. The short film shown was also played at the national NNCO Celebration Event in London.
There was also an opportunity to hear from the project leads from the Looked After Children strand, the disabilities conference Being You at University as well as two STEM related projects running in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Representatives from the Local Enterprise Partnerships also spoke about the importance of joining up careers advice, education and enterprise to help meet the skills gaps that have been identified.
The event was also a chance to look to the future and the new initiatives that are being set up in Cumbria and Lancashire which will be more targeting but there will still be opportunities to continue collaboration.
“It’s been a challenging but extremely rewarding journey. I personally will endeavour to continue to support collaboration”