7 September 2015

Make It Stick Templates created

  • Choosing who will run the young carers service
  • What would be your best day ever

Two people respectively from the Children and Young People’s Trust Team, Lancashire County Council and Barnados, who are commissioned by the trust to deliver a number of services, participated in this workshop. Together, they brought a wide range of expertise in working with young people including those in care and those with special educational needs and disabilities. Now that the workshop was two and a half hours long and we had two people, this made the completion of the templates very comfortable and the two participants were the first to have the chance during a session to upload their templates to the Leapfrog Tools Facebook group.

I feel confident I can go out and use this now…I think it will just be great for our groups, I’m excited, I just need to talk the rest of our team through it.” 

As with the other workshops, the participants both made full use of resources licensed under creative commons online like Noun Library and Icon Archive. They also saw the benefit of printing a test copy of the Visual Voice before committing to the sticker sheet so they could get an idea of how it would appear and made changes to their artwork accordingly.

The Children and Young People’s Trust Team had already been using the Visual Voice with the young people they engage and this experience was bought to the workshop discussion and their Make It Stick template designs. They talked about the balance of how much of the sheet to fill in, pointing out that while a number of stickers can be left unfilled, young people tend to have a lot of questions when it’s entirely blank. They need some structure to help them to respond to it or they just ask what it is and what they need to do.

The challenge of finding the right words to categorise the Visual Voice stickers was discussed. From a service deliverer’s perspective, they talked about how hard it can be to avoid service jargon eg, words like “specification” which young people don’t tend to understand. However, in practice, they talked about how they’ve avoided using text at all on the Visual Voice, opting instead for explaining to people what to do verbally or through conversation, enabling the young people to come up with the titles or questions they wanted to use.

New template ideas they discussed included Visual Voices for: creating your own meeting agenda, taking visual meeting minutes and, CV building.