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Welcome to Wonderfest 2022

Wonderfest is our annual festival for young people aged 13+, parents and professionals working with young people to support their wellbeing.

We have a jam-packed schedule of online sessions and workshops over the weekend of 15, 16 & 17 July.

Friday 15 July is the professionals online event.

This is aimed at teachers, organisational staff, and anyone who works with young people. This day will focus on bringing trauma informed practices to life when working with young people. Tickets for the professionals day cost £95.

Saturday 16 July is the online wellbeing day for young people and parents/carers. Tickets for this day are FREE!

On Sunday 17 July we have a FREE pop-up festival in Swansea! This mini festival will take place at the National Waterfront Museum from 11am – 4pm.

We hope you’ll join us, it’ll be a lot of fun!

Festival line-up

Friday 15 July

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome

Introducing the conference

Rocio Cifuentes

The Children's Commissioner for Wales, Rocio Cifuentes will open the day for the online professionals event.

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09:45 - 10:45

Talk

Moving from 'knowing' to 'doing' when understanding Trauma Informed Practice

Lisa Cherry

Our keynote speaker Lisa Cherry, will be talking about making the move from 'knowing' to 'doing' when understanding Trauma Informed Practice.

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11:00 - 11:30

Talk

An introduction to systems change: children & families

Dr Jen Daffin & Rebecca Thomas

Dr Jen Daffin (Platfform) & Rebecca Thomas (Save the Children) will be giving an overview the ground-breaking work they are doing with children and families in the early years.

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11:45 - 12:45

Talk

How we work with young people at Platfform

Siobhan Parry

Our Head of Young People's services will walk you through the Platfform approach for working with young people.

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13:45 - 14:45

Talk

Positive psychology & coaching skills for young people

Claire Harrison

Claire Harrison from Worth - It Coaching will coach you on using positive psychology with the young people you work with.

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15:00 - 16:15

Talk & Panel Discussion

Supporting LGBTQIA+ young people

Christian Webb (he/they) & Young People

Christian Webb and a panel of young people will offer the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing LGBTQ+ young people whilst being introduced to the top things to consider when supporting them.

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16:30 - 17:00

Talk

Young people's stories

Young people

A collection of positive stories from young people

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17:00 - 18:00

Talk

Prioritising the mental health and well-being of children and young people in Wales

Lynne Neagle MS

Lynne Neagle, the Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing for the Welsh Government will share her plans for the coming years.

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18:00 - 18:15

Talk

Closing remarks

Ewan Hilton

Platfform's CEO will be wrapping up the day with some insights and info about our future projects.

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Saturday 16 July

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome

The Platfform way and introduction

Siobhan Parry

Siobhan Parry, Head of Young People's Services sharing about how we work with young people at Platfform and why it works.

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10:00 - 10:45

Talk

How to communicate with each other kindly

Claire Harris

Claire Harris from Worth - It Coaching will be guiding us through a workshop about how to communicate with each other kindly.

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11:00 - 11:45

Talk

Papyrus' suicide prevention helpline

Kate

Papyrus, the charity for the prevention of young suicide will share with you all you need to know about their helpline and what to expect if you call them.

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12:00 - 12:45

Talk

The positives of social media and how to use it safely to get what you need

Emil Howe

Emil Howe is a Digital Wellbeing Expert, who will talk about the positives of social media and how to use it safely to get what you need.

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13:00 - 13:45

Talk

The helpline service for children and young people

Jo McCarthy

Meic, the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales will be sharing all you need to know about the support they can offer.

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14:00 - 14:45

Talk

Supporting a young person questioning their gender identity

Morgan Clark

Morgan Clark will be talking about how you can support a young person questioning their gender identity positively.

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Sunday 17 July

11:00 - 16:00

pop up festival

Swansea

Platfform

Join us at our mini festival at the National Waterfront Museum to celebrate everything wellbeing for young people and their families! There will be lots of activities, alpacas, taster sport sessions, arts and crafts, stalls informing you of the support there is available in the area, young people's small businesses selling their wonderful things, music and lots, lots more! Its FREE so come and join us for a fun day out!

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