New volunteers trained
StreetDoctors welcomed over 350 volunteers and speakers to the University of Birmingham Medical School at the end of October. New volunteers received training from medical, child protection and legal experts, learning haemorrhage control and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, safeguarding and the legal issues facing young people caught up in violence. The StreetDoctors training team (made up of experienced volunteers) taught new volunteers how to deliver quality sessions to young people.
On the Sunday the bigger issues surrounding youth violence were explored by our panel of expert speakers. Ebi Iyere, a young person, youth worker and trusted friend of the Lambeth community described how youth violence has personally impacted her life. Tracey Ford from the JAGS Foundation gave powerful and moving testimony of losing her son to violence in 2007 and the subsequent work of the JAGS Foundation, set up in his memory to address youth violence in South West London. Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner of the West Midlands Police emphasised the importance of a partnership approach through the work of the West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance. Steve Boote, Restorative Justice Practitioner at Liverpool Youth Offending Team, and Simon Jackson, founder of StreetDoctors, outlined the early days of StreetDoctors and where our work fits within a prevention framework.
308 volunteers left feeling hugely inspired, and determined to make a difference to youth violence in their local area, with all new volunteers committed to delivering their first session by Christmas.
Conference was hosted by the super organised and efficient Birmingham StreetDoctors team, and made possible with generous grants from the Newby Trust and The Funding Network. Thank you to all our wonderful speakers, workshop leaders, helpers and volunteers who made the conference such a success, and to University of Birmingham Medical School for the fantastic venue.