Hat trick of EVCOM Clarion2015 awards for films from Worcestershire Young Carers Conference

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Drp  group and YSS are delighted to announce that  at the EVCOM Clarion awards 2015, ( Corporate Social Responsibility section) held yesterday in 7 Dials, Covent Garden, drp won  3 awards  for their  films for the Worcestershire Young Carers Conference. This was  great recognition  for all their  work, with the young carers   towards the  highly successful conference, at which YSS Patron  HRH The Princess Royal was a key note speaker.

hat trick of awards ann and katie farr drpGold award: Education/Training ( Live event)

Gold award: Brand communication/experience ( Live event)

Silver award: Conference ( Live event)

Katie Farr, drp conference  project  manager and   Ann Constable YSS Business Support( Conference co-ordinator)  collected the awards.

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drp celebrating

The conference  not only was chaired  by young carers, but they had taken part  in numerous aspects of  conference preparation, including working alongside drp in the technical  areas, such as  filming, script writing and editing. This was a brilliant opportunity for them to gain first hand  experience of the communications  industry, and  to  increase their own life skills and  confidence.

Katie Farr drp added ” One of the lasting memories of the conference was to have seen the  young people  develop in confidence  and  blossom. By the time the event took place , for those chairing the event, they were not  phased  by speaking to an audience of over 100 people! Theirs was  a very powerful message:  they wanted to be treated as young people in their own right, and  not treated  differently  due to  their caring role.”

Children in Need  currently support  our YSS participation  project for young carers and  the conference, as part of this project,   provided a chance for young carers to have a voice. The films made about the younger young carers and their journeys, young adult carers journeys, the scenarios acted and scripted  by young carers, and the conference  summary  all enhanced  the impact of their voice.

Ed interviews Tim Worsley at conference

Ed interviews Tim Worsley at conference

One of our young carers, Edward Edkins was due to have  been at the awards too. Sadly  he had to miss the  ceremony as he was  taken very seriously ill earlier in the week and is still in hospital. Ann said ” We were  delighted to  receive these awards on his behalf, and wish him a very speedy recovery.”

Mary Lewis , YSS Worcestershire Young Carers Team Manager commented “ YSS are  delighted  that drp have won these awards. We are extremely grateful to drp for  sponsoring our event, and very generously  giving   a huge amount of support  to the conference preparations. I am delighted that they have  gained  national  recognition, amongst their peers,  for their exceptional  work. The films were among the conference highlights. ”

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Interview time for Katie

2 golds and 1 silver !

2 golds and 1 silver !

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