On Saturday the 14 of March, the Board Members came together in Glasgow for their first Board Meeting of 2020. This time we had our very first digital live link for one of the Board Members who wasn’t able to attend in person.

The last time we were together was in November at our ‘Hearing Children’ Event in the Scottish Parliament. We had a packed agenda for the day, but it started with everyone catching up over a pizza lunch!

The Board Members spent the first half of their meeting thinking about the language used in Hearings and working in small design teams to create their work plans for 2020. The young people are looking forward to meeting the ‘movers and shakers’ to tell them what they want to see changed in the Hearings System.

We had a short break to give out the Care Review Pinky Promise Reports and goodies…we loved the Care Review love heart sweets!   Everyone is going to read the report and we will spend some time exploring it and creating our Time Capsule at a future Board Meeting.

After a well-deserved Birthday Cake Break, we welcomed Alicja from Digital Beez, who facilitated a brilliant workshop looking at our Digital Rights. The session was to help us think about our online lives and what we can do to make sure we understand our rights and protect them online.

One of our Board Members said: “I really enjoyed the session, it was really relatable and interactive. We did an activity where we created a big collage of all the social media channels we use and I was actually surprised at how many I use.”

It’s hard to believe that our Board Meeting was only 11 days ago and since then everything has changed due to the coronavirus crisis. The OHOV office is now closed and the team will be working from home in the coming weeks. We will be keeping in contact with Board Members and will be exploring ways to stay connected during this difficult time.

We will also use our Twitter feed to share a range of reliable information and guidance about #COVID19 along with some ideas and resources to help us manage during the crisis. Please take care, stay home and stay safe.

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