This year, 3 My Time Project children, Liv, Alex and Kyra, attended a week-long children’s conference called “Safe Together” in Caux, Geneva – where they participated in workshops with children from all over the world, on the theme of addressing violence against children. Here are just a few examples of what our fabulous young people were involved in.
Liv Quarless (17) joined the ‘MEOW’ team, the group of older teens with responsibility for the running and organising of the conference. Every morning she facilitated a ‘community group’ session in which adults and young people came together to reflect on which issues relating to child safety were pertinent to them, and Liv even became ‘ghost’ of Caux Palace in an interactive history game.
Alex Smyth (13) took part in a series of focus groups in which 12 and 13 year olds shared concerns about safety that directly related to children of her age, and bravely relayed these messages on stage to wide audience. Well done Alex!!
Kyra Smyth (10) joined in ‘The Kittens’ group and enjoyed numerous fun and reflective activities and particularly enjoyed building new friendships and swimming in Lake Geneva. She also spoke openly about My Time Project in the conference closing ceremony, declaring “Dont suffer in silence if you have a parent in prison – go to My Time Project”.
We were also delighted to meet two young people, E-J and Noah from Families Outside the national charity in Scotland that works to support the families of people involved in the criminal justice system.
During the ‘Human Library’ E-J told the story of how she and her family were impacted when her father went to prison, and stressed the importance of support and the value that Families Outside had brought to her life. We are looking forward to working more closely with Families Outside and welcoming E-J and Noah to come and visit us in Liverpool.