A couple of months ago my Manager, Terry, asked me if I would be happy to participate in "Takeover Day 2016". My initial response, I'm ashamed to say, was "What's that?" but I was soon given a quick explanation. For those of you, like me, who may be a little unfamiliar with the thinking behind the day: it's a fun, hugely successful and exciting engagement project which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.

It puts children and young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Children gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.

Young People Cornwall arranged for a young lady, Hannah, to spend the day with me observing and discussing the work I do on Volunteer Cornwall's VIVA project. VIVA is all about supporting vulnerable adults on their journey into volunteering, community activities and Friendship clubs and you can find out more about that particular project by going to our website and following the links through "How we help" and then "People with a Disability".

After discussing the day with Jem Verran, of Young People Cornwall, who was helping match young people with suitable organisations and completing/signing the appropriate paperwork (Risk Assessment and Confidentiality Agreement) I arranged to meet Hannah for a coffee in Truro City Centre at 9am. We had a quick chat about what we were both hoping to get out of the day and then headed off to Penzance to conduct an initial interview with a young chap on the Autistic Spectrum. From there we headed to Camborne for a quick lunch break and then to conduct 2 review meetings with exisiting VIVA clients, and a further meeting with one of our hosts (ie, somewhere we place our volunteers). Throughout the day, given the travel requirements, we had plenty of time between meetings to discuss what my work involved and to review each meeting after it had occured. We, finally, got back to the office later in the afternoon and Hannah had a chance to speak  to some of my colleagues to get a wider perspective of the work of Volunteer Cornwall, outside the narrow remit of the VIVA project.

I'm still waiting to see what Hannah writes up as her experience of the day but, from my own personal persepective, it was a delight to have a personable, well-informed, and questioning young person accompany me for a day and gain a brief insight into the work I do supporting vulnerable adults.