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Different But Equal Board - The event

The Different But Equal Board is a diverse group of young people who came together at the beginning of 2017 to empower children and young people to have their voices heard and influence planning and decision making so that services reflect those voices. The group decided that the best way to hear the voices of children and young people from across the borough was to plan an event especially for them.

The purpose of the event would be to discuss issues and share ideas and experience, invite services to share information, have fun, offer peer support and information about young people’s groups and celebrate diversity and create pride in Rotherham (we will be hosting an award ceremony for young people Early in 2018).

Working in an inclusive way the Different But Equal Board consulted with an array of young people’s groups in order to ensure that the event reflected a cross-section of the young people population and their ideas.

The planning of the event was really important to the Board and gave them an opportunity to work together to share ideas.

All of this planning culminated in the Young People's Event taking place on 27th July 2017 at the Carlton Park and was attended by over 100 young people and professionals. The day was a chance for young people from different parts of the borough, from different backgrounds and identities to come together and discuss issues that affect them all. The discssions took place in the morning and enabled young people whose voices are not always heard to have a say about things that they encounter every day.

The day was also about fun with the young people having the opportunity to take part in arts & crafts workshops, hair and beauty workshops, sports, African Drumming and Street Dancing.

Feedback from the event has been fantastic and has resulted in many requests for the Different But Equal Board to be involved in a wide range of diverse consultations and requests for their input.

The Consortium was lucky enough to engage KLTV to film the planning meetings and the event. The film is inspirational, showcasing the work of the Different But Equal Board and their very special journey.

On the 2nd November 2017 the film was officially launched with a movie night complete with popcorn and trailers.

We hope you enjoy our trailers SuperTeresa , Different But Equal Horror story! and our Different But Equal Movie.

Following the event Teresa Brocklehurt the Strategic Co-ordinator has written a report on the day and the outcomes.

Please keep an eye on the website for more information about our upcoming Awards....................