Our View: Campaign!

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Creative Junction recruited Hillie Thomason to be the Our View Project Person for Campaign! Hillie was one of the young people involved in the Campaign! project at Arbour Vale School. Hillie became the Campaign!  ‘Our View Rep’ and attended events at Channel 4 and the Houses of Parliament. She produced a film about the project, linking up with campaigns in other schools to interview the students and artists involved.

Project aims and achievements

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  • To ensure a young disabled person was at the heart of the project and had influence.
  • To create an opportunity for a young person to learn and excel.

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?”What I enjoyed the most about being an Our View Rep: Doing the friendship dance, meeting new people, going to the meetings, learning to make a film”

Hillie Thomason

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Outcomes and impact

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  • Hillie has produced a film that will be screened at the project celebrations and at a Creative Junction Team meeting. This will enable Project Officers at different stages in delivery to see how successful working with an OV Project Person has been.
  • Hillie selected a bespoke confidence building training package for herself and her peers.
  • Meeting the other members of Our View has been an inspiring experience for Hillie. Being around successful disabled adults has had a really positive impact on her.

Next steps

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Our View and Campaign! has diversified the way Creative Junction improves young people’s employability skills. The experience of building the role around the individual¬ as they did for Hillie, will make future work experience offers more accessible and flexible.

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Creative Junction are already using a structure similar to Our View across their other projects, enhancing young people’s voice and leadership.

In the future they may consider how the individuals could benefit further, by collectively contributing to the direction of an organisation and its work.

Personal experience

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“The process of working out how to make Our View accessible to a young person was challenging, but important- and led to a young disabled person being at the heart of Campaign!
Hillie was a constant theme in my thoughts and on my to do list, for example when compiling an ebulletin or thinking about evaluating the project, I would think- ‘what is Hillie’s contribution to this going to be?’ “

Rachel Sears, Project Manager for Campaign!

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Taking part in Campaign! And being the Our View Rep has shaped what Hillie Thomason would like to do in the future:

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“I would like to teach children how to dance. I would like to show everyone what I can do – I can dance, be part of meetings, make films, and interview people”

Hillie Thomason

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