On Wednesday 2nd April, Justine Gaubert, the founder of Silent Cities Ltd, came to Sheffield’s University Technical College(UTC) to give a talk to BiG YEC members about team work and social enterprises.
Silent Cities is a social enterprise which aims to build creative environments where silent voices can flourish. They work with people who are isolated and disadvantaged to develop their skills and support them into work in the creative industries.
Justine firstly talked about team work, describing her previous and current experiences within various teams. She also described how to form a team and what skills and qualities make up a good team. Justine’s advice to BiG YEC members was to “Surround yourself with different People”, people with different skills and qualities.
Justine then ran an activity which allowed BiG YEC members to find out what kind of person they were within a team and what other type of people would help and compliment them within a team. The main qualities which people can be within a team include: makers, resource providers, facilitators, money makers and architect of dangerous dreams. This was a really fun activity which helped our members explore their own skills and qualities.
As Silent Cities is a not for profit social enterprise, Justine described what social enterprises are, how they operate and why it’s important that they exist in our society. She gave us a great insight into the work that Silent Cities does. To find out more about Silent Cities go to http://www.silentcities.org.uk/ .