St Christopher’s Young Change-Makers (previously Summer School)

St Christopher's CARE


5 days
18 Jul, 2022
July 18 - 22
All prices include VAT
This course is subsidised by a grant from Tallow Chandlers
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Focus on Changing End of Life Experiences: A programme for young people

Are you interested in changing the way things happen, do you have an idea about how to do it, or would you like to learn more about how communities and young people can be part of tackling community and end of life challenges?

At St Christopher’s we are keen to support people in the community who want to change things for the better. The end of life can have challenges for all of us and we want to improve people’s experiences of it. We don’t think that change is just for professionals to make, but that we all need to learn from and encourage each other to do this for it to happen.

We also think that young people are an important part of change-making, now and in the future, and so we’ve put together an exciting and interactive opportunity for young learners in our local community.

Young Change-Makers is a summer school and leadership development programme for 16-18-year olds who are interested in helping in their community to support others and create change.

Over the course of a week (or you can choose to do ten days during the year) we’ll work on considering how communities can support one another particularly with difficult experiences or on caring for one another. You’ll get to know other people who are keen to make a change in their community, learn from a range of people who support others, and also think about your goals ahead. We’ll have workshops and opportunities to think about your own personal development and see how change involves all of us.

  • What will I learn?

    Topics covered:

    • Yourself, self-care and resilience
    • How to talk about important topics and express ourselves, and why that is good for us all
    • What the role is of communities and different professionals at health care organisations in taking care of others at the end of life
    • More about different communities and activism and leadership
    • What role young people can play in this
    • Change-making and different options available to you
  • Who is it for?

    Young Change-Makers is a summer school and leadership development programme for 16-18-year olds in full time education who are interested in helping in their community to support others and create change.

    This course is subsidised by the generosity of a grant from Tallow Chandlers

  • What will the course look like?

    Applicants can apply for a five-day summer school programme or a year – long opportunity that will include the five days at the summer school but also run throughout the year as a leadership development opportunity. This longer opportunity aims to help students see themselves as leaders and contributors to change.

    The summer five-day programme will be based at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, with one day spent in Croydon. During the week students will combine learning with practical and experiential learning. They’ll be asked to think about healthcare, the community, helping others and how we can be proactive and part of a collaborative effort to support one another with end of life experiences.

    The year-long opportunity includes the five-day programme and also online and selected weekend mornings during the term which will be flexible and scheduled to meet the needs of attendees. There will be no more than five extra days in total of attendance expected. During this time participants will work on personal leadership, goals and development, particularly within the community.

  • Programme

    General Timetable for Summer School

    Day 1: Get to know each other and tell us about yourselves, and take part in creative arts sessions like drumming and song-writing

    Day 2: Learn more about different healthcare approaches and how people work together to support people at the end of life – join a treasure hunt!

    Day 3: Think about communities and what they mean to us and how they help our wellbeing, and plan a social change campaign

    Day 4: Join a hosted study visit to Croydon organisations making change in the community and paint a mural in a sheltered housing complex

    Day 5: Challenge day: work in groups to identify then find a solution to a problem you’ve noticed this week and present it to people.

    General Timetable for Young Change-makers

    • Includes the above and also
    • Monthly one-hour peer mentoring sessions in the evening
    • A weekend day in October
    • A weekend in February 2023
    • A celebration event in June 2023

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St Christopher’s Education Centre and VAT charges

At St Christopher's, a registered charity, it is important for us to maximise any surpluses to reinvest in the objectives of the charity.

Unfortunately, the manner in which we undertake our training currently means we are not able to invest as much of our surplus as possible, therefore from the 1 December 2017, St Christopher’s Education Centre will charge VAT at the standard rate on our training courses, the reason for this change in pricing is twofold:

i) We want to be able to reinvest any surpluses made from training back into all of our charitable objectives rather than only Education

ii) We want to be able to reclaim the VAT on costs relating to developing and running the training courses