The Confident Futures Summer School marks the end of the Confident Futures Project which runs throughout the year for young people aged 14-19 who are in care or have experience of being looked after. The Summer School is a free two-day residential which ran from the 10th-11th July this year, hosted by Cardiff University at their halls of residence. This year, the Summer School team welcomed 35 participants who stayed together in flats along with their Student Ambassadors. The young people then take part in academic and social sessions across the two days, as well as having to manage money allocated them for meals for the duration of their stay.
Day two began with a homemade breakfast to set everyone up for one of two trips taking a step back in time: half of the group went with the CAER Heritage Project to Caerau to look around the Iron Age Hill Fort they are excavating, and the other half went for a trip to St Ffagans to see what the hillfort would have looked like. After a morning of sun and historical-based fun, we all went to town to buy a quick lunch before the Pharmacy academic workshop. The Pharmacy session consisted of three rotations: one about the Pharmabees Project, one about Neuroscience and one about the science behind cancer research.
The Summer School was rounded off with a graduation for the attendees where they were presented with certificates in front of family and friends, and even had the opportunity to try on a cap and gown!