CACHE Conferences 2020

As part of our ongoing mission to raise the level of provision in care and education, we were delighted to welcome close to 300 delegates to our recent conferences held in London and Leeds. Delegates at this year’s events had the opportunity to hear from leading experts from a broad range of fields such as, social care, neurology, mental health, and intergenerational care.

Executive Director Education and Training Strategy, Julie Hyde, welcomed delegates and set the scene for the events. Both Julie and our expert policy team provided a summary of the education landscape with an update on what’s been happening in the world of technical education in the last 12 months, including ministerial team updates, Brexit and devolution.

Inspiring keynote speakers

Emotional Health Practitioner, Jo Morton-Brown, delivered a keynote address on creating mentally healthy environments, demystifying facts around mental health and providing strategies, tips and techniques to support learners, colleagues and most importantly ourselves with mental health wellbeing. Jo reminded delegates that ‘where there’s life, there’s hope’ and ‘it’s okay not to be okay’.

We were also honoured to have intergenerational care expert, Dr Melrose Stewart MBE, join us at the events. Melrose’s knowledge, expertise and insight was featured in the award winning channel 4 programme ‘Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds’ and it was inspiring to hear the second keynote address – ‘raising expectations in intergenerational intervention – should we?’.

From an increase in self-esteem and wellbeing in the elderly to enhanced communication skills in young people, the outcomes of intergenerational activities that Melrose discussed were truly phenomenal. We hope you will be joining us in celebrating National Intergenerational Week later in the month.

Thought-provoking, interactive workshops

An interactive panel debate on the future of technical education with guest panel members concluded the morning session and during the afternoon delegates attended different workshops.

Award winning author, trainer and lecturer Mine Conkbayir amazed the audience with her knowledge on neuroscience in early years with a myth busting quiz and an abundance of fascinating information which will hopefully encourage delegates to ‘be brave, dare to challenge and trust the children’ more often.

Senior lecturer Stephen Mordue also provided valuable CPD for delegates on self-care and resilience including the importance of exercise, sleep and nutrition. Stephen reminded us all that ‘self-care should be a priority and necessity, not a luxury, for us all’.

One delegate from London commented on the event:

“Today was fabulous, I feel re-energised and ready to take a critical look at my practice in order to improve provision for learners. Thank you!”

We would like to extend our appreciation to those who were able to take the time to join us this year, and for sharing their positive feedback on the events. It was great to see so many of our valued customers and we hope that attendees were able to take something back to their centres to improve outcomes and create brighter futures.

If you attended the conference and have any questions, please email [email protected]