Co-producing the Leeds Vision

Last week the Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) team joined Leeds City Council for their 'Preparing for Adulthood: Co-producing the Leeds vision' event.  The event welcomed approximately 200 young people, families and practitioners across a range of agencies including education, health, housing, employment and voluntary and community sector. Prior to the event Leeds City Council sought the views of young people by asking them to complete a survey about their experience of transition to adulthood, the results of this survey were shared in packs at the event and acted as a starting point for the day.

The event was opened by Tom Riordan,  the Chief Executive of Leeds City Council and Councillor Yeadon, the Lead Member for Children and Families and Deputy Leader of the Council. The day was facilitated by Linda Jordan from the Preparing for Adulthood team.

During the day young people shared their dreams and aspirations, which included a thought provoking film with quotes from parents. The film, made by the West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre, emphasised the importance of including young people with the most complex needs into their vision. Thoughts were shared on how Leeds can enable disabled children and those with SEN to reach their individual full potential and these were captured in the graphics from the day.

Co -production Graphic April 2016

Co -production Graphic 2 April 2016

By the end of the day a vision and strategy had been co-produced with young people, families and professionals which will enable Leeds to progress to the next step in achieving the vision of their 'Child Friendly Leeds' strategy. The day saw a genuine commitment to co-production and partnership working by everyone in the room.