This week Leapfrog organised a Young people’s tool sharing event in Forres. We had some fantastic groups of people from Elgin Youth Café, Elgin and Quarriers, Forres who are the front-runners for working with young people in Moray. These organisations provide development opportunities for young people from all social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the local area. We also got participants from TSI Moray and NHS Community Health and Social Care Partnership. They had been involved in Leapfrog’s past tool sharing events and were keen to know more about our tools and how they could be adapted for wider use.
The event shared tools for engaging with young people that Leapfrog co-designed with partners and young people in Lancaster and Blackburn with Darwen. One of Leapfrog’s aims is to co-design bespoke tools that meet specific community needs. While these bespoke tools are used within the communities that designed them, they will also be used in a modified form in a very different context, moving between the Highlands and Islands’ hard to reach communities and Lancashire’s hard to engage communities. This was the first event of many in the Highlands where we will share tools developed in Lancashire.
The tools for engaging with young people were very well received by the group who explored how they could adapt them to meet their engagement needs. One of the standout ideas for using the Everybody tool was to use the figure illustrations in the tool to engage a young person by asking them ‘who are you today?’ and then ‘who have you been this week?’. This could be an effective way to explore roles, responsibilities, activities and moods with a young person to find out more about their life, needs or desires for the future. The event concluded with an invitation for Leapfrog to deliver a workshop with Elgin Youth Café and Community Health and Social Care Partnership to train practitioners in using the tools for engaging with young people which we will organise this Summer.