Today saw the CLPP Development Day in University Centre Maidstone.

The morning began with an opening speech from Lucy McLeod and a county address from Roger Gough. Both Lucy and Roger spoke about the importance of collaboration for the future growth of the partnership, and reflected on the successes the partnership had seen in Kent and Medway over the past year.

Lucy mentioned the upcoming Strategy Group meeting – where the members, who represent the partnership institutions, shape the aims and objectives of the partnership – and invited the conference attendees feedback their ideas and suggestions throughout the day.

Roger listed some of the projects that have taken place in Kent and Medway, and spoke fondly of the Kent County Council Takeover Day. Roger praised the 18+ Peer Champions, who later in the day spoke about the work they do.

The Care Leavers Covenant were in attendance, and gave an update on their work. The Canterbury Christ Church University Outreach team announced on Twitter that afternoon they had signed up to the Covenant, and other partner institutions also expressed an interest in working with the Covenant in the future.

The resources for the rest of the day are linked below:

The last presentation of the day was from the peer champions, who spoke about what education means to them.

In Lucy’s closing comments she thanked the peer champions (who had just finished speaking), workshop hosts and the staff at Kent County Council and Mid Kent College for organising the event.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to seeing you next year.