Bridging To The Future

The 1st Regional Partnership

The contacts invited were already contacts of Bridging to the future and were selected due to their regular contact with teenagers and young children. 3 people were present, with all three individuals representing a different organization that work with young people. The location of the meeting was at Aston University, a venue that all participants were familiar with, and somewhere that room hire is free due to the contacts that BTF have. Being the first partnership meeting, participants were informed a little beforehand about the project, so that they knew what to expect.

The 2nd Regional Partnership

The same contacts were invited to the second meeting for numerous reasons. Firstly, the participants who attended the first meet were very co-operative, and were very engaged with the issue and need for a high quality deliverable. Secondly, the participants meet with the target group on a regular basis and so know the importance of creating an effective tool to help stop cyberbullying. The meeting time and venue remained the same as the first meeting. This was because the participants were particularly pleased with the facilities provided, and the quality of meeting venue. The venue was not only local for all participants, but also contained adequate space and modern technology, such as a TV that participants could connect wirelessly to share their ideas and thoughts.

The 3rd Regional Partnership

BTF realized the need to expand the regional partnership so decided to change the meeting venue and meet directly with potential new partners. This is beneficial for the new partners being as they don’t have to travel to attend a partnership meeting. The school is also used as a partner in a few other of the BTF projects and the ACBC project is perfectly suited to what the school are trying to achieve internally with regards to stopping cyberbullying and offering more support to pupils who are potentially facing a tough time on the internet, particularly when using social media. Due to the lack of updates since the second partnership meeting, the previous partners were not invited to the third meeting, but new partners were invited instead.

The 4th Regional Partnership

The three representatives for the 3 organizations from the second partnership meeting were invited to discuss the progress of the game since the last meeting that was held with the original three partners. The meeting venue that was used for the previous meeting was chosen again due to the partners liking the working environment and ability to easily attend the meeting. A second member of KEFWL attended a meeting 2 days earlier but to keep consistency, KEFWL was invited to the 4 th meeting also.

The 5th Regional Partnership

The 5th regional partnership meeting had a familiar theme to the first, whereby the partnership was given a project update. The 5th partnership meeting was the largest meeting to date, partially helped by the coronavirus freeing up people’s time and allowing them to be more flexible with work. The online meeting meant that people didn’t have to travel to a meeting place, but instead could connect wirelessly from their home, therefore saving people the travel time and also being more convenient. Similar people were invited to the previous meetings; however, many young adult teachers were invited to the 5th meeting as BTF realized the potential of these individuals to help disseminate the project and its outputs to the relevant target group. The meeting time was chosen to be midday being as this time was seen to be most convenient by the partnership. The user guide was a focus of the meeting, and so to ensure the meeting was a success, the user guide was distributed to the participants before they joined the meeting.

The 6th Regional Partnership

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