The Chatterboxes, part of YMCA Bournemouth, were invited to speak and deliver workshops at the “Making Participation Work” National Conference in London hosted by The Council for Disabled Children, The Department of Education and KIDS.
The Chatterboxes is a youth action project run by disabled young people from Bournemouth whose aim is to enable young disabled people to have their voice heard, feel safe and to raise awareness of disabilities.
The day explored how national and local participation of children and young people supports practitioners and professionals to effectively embed Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Legislation throughout their organisations and services.
The Chatterboxes delivered a workshop called “Engaging children and young people through youth action to embed SEND Reforms”. They held a question time to see how professionals and young people would both respond to questions about SEND Reforms – unsurprisingly answers were very different.
Raymond Garcia, a Chatterboxes member stated, “We got heavily involved in sharing our own experiences of living with a disability; the highs and lows we have faced and explained our thoughts of how things could be improved in the future.”
Being just a small youth-led project from Bournemouth, Jacob Smith said “we are all passionate about making a positive change for our disabled community and it is heart-warming to know that our little project really does make a difference.”
To find out more about the work of The Chatterboxes please visit www.ymcabournemouth.org.uk/youth-centres/disability-youth-projects.