The Confident Futures Project is a scheme for looked after children and care leavers between the ages of 14 and 19, which concludes each year with its annual summer school. The summer school is a free two-day event, consisting of a jam-packed schedule of academic talks, workshops and activities, the summer school aims to provide pupils with a taste of what university life is like as a student.
This year the event ran between the 11th and 12th of July at Cardiff University with 39 pupils from across South Wales attending.
The first day of this year’s summer school consisted of talks at Cardiff University, where pupils had a taste of the world of healthcare with interactive talks on Radiotherapy, Radiography and Occupational Therapy. After the academic sessions, pupils received a budget in order to shop for food, so that they could cook their own meal for the evening – whilst also ensuring they had enough left over for breakfast and lunch the next day! The evening’s entertainment consisted of a ‘Bake Off’ style competition for those pupils who had gone above and beyond in the kitchen, along with other activities such as sports and computer games.
Day two saw the pupils take a trip to Newport Campus, University of South Wales, where they took part in workshops on Cyber Security and Business Studies and enjoyed a lunch out together in the city centre. The summer school concluded with a mini-graduation, where pupils were presented with certificates of attendance in front of family and friends.