On Thursday 25th September, Medway Youth Trust hosted an Opportunities Fair on behalf of Medway Council for young people aged 13 to 25 with disabilities (as Angie explains in last year’s Opportunities Fair video).
The Opportunities Fair was hosted in a convenient and accessible venue where young people and their parents/carers could gain a balanced range of information advice and guidance about pathways into:
- Paid work
- Planning for good health
- Developing friends, relationships and community
It was also designed to enable networking to take place between parents/carers, and the various agencies and providers.
We sent invitations out to all those young people on our database with a statement and sent invites to secondary schools with Special Educational Need units, special schools and independent schools. This would have the advantage of allowing schools to include the Opportunities Fair as part of the curriculum for appropriate students, and for them to go to the Fair as a school trip, accompanied as appropriate by teachers and support staff.
Students from Bradfields Academy were assisting on the day ensuring stall holders had everything they needed, signing people in and out, getting feedback forms completed and generally helping the visitors with their enquiries. The school also sold cakes made by the students. The initial feedback from visitors showed that they all regarded the assistance given as very valuable. MidKent College support learning students were also in attendance and were selling drinks.
On the day we had 26 stalls and had over 100 young people and/or parents and carers through the door and the initial feedback given was that it was a great success.
The Corn Exchange in Rochester High Street was the chosen venue as it is a large, accessible venue, with easy parking close by.
Thank you to all of the people who came, including all of the stall holders and the Bradfields Academy and MidKent College volunteers.