Joyce Thacker.

Strategic Director, CYPS, Rotherham.

In August, IYC ran an excellent weeklong programme in one of our secondary schools, Clifton Comprehensive. Clifton is in a challenging area of the borough and IYC worked closely with our Extended Services Team, the school itself and its feeder primaries to deliver a superb programme for nearly 100 young people.

All week the dance, singing, media and filming workshops were excellent, culminating in a pre-match entertainment show on August Bank holiday at Sheffield United's match against Preston North End. All students were presented with a DVD of the whole project along with a personnel Certificate of Achievement at an awards evening at Clifton School in October. This was a superb occasion, packed with pupils who were involved in the IYC weeklong event and their parents/carers.

The pupils had a fabulous time, their evaluations were superb of the programme and Clifton Learning Community is seeking ways to run a similar programme in the future as it was such a success.  I commend IYC to anyone who are interested in commissioning you and I would be happy for them contact me if they wished to discuss this testimonial further.