YCT’s 4th Annual Lecture was held on Monday 6th February 2017

YCT’s 4th Annual Lecture was held on Monday 6th February 2017 at the University Centre, Harlow. The evening was opened by Neil Frost (the Chair of Trustees) who introduced the world renowned speaker, Professor Julie Hay, and Sir John Kemp-Welch, the husband of YCT’s former Patron Lady Diana.


Professor Julie Hay


Julie then delivered her lecture entitled ‘Recognising them, Recognising You’ which entailed exploring ways of communication and building meaningful relationships with the children, young people and adults we find most challenging to support. Julie’s presentation was based on a model of communication devised by Kahler, who back in the 1970’s published research to show that he had identified five characteristic ways in which people behaved, and which became increasingly problematic when they were stressed.

For the third year running the Annual Lecture was followed by the presentation of the Lady Diana Kemp-Welch Awards to 4 young people. These awards are in memory of Lady Diana Kemp-Welch, YCT’s former Patron, and this year were given to a number of exceptional children and young people who, after receiving the support of YCT, went on to make significant progress and improvement in their lives. Sir John Kemp-Welch presented certificates to Dylan Pearson, Sabina Uddin, Molly Pinder and Sabina Uddin.

YCT’s current Patron, actor Joe Thomas, also attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the award recipients and their guests, along with YCT therapists and other external professionals in attendance. The evening finished with Neil Frost and Lindsay Fox (YCT Director) thanking all the contributors and inviting people to stay for refreshments and an opportunity to network. 

Overall it was a very enjoyable evening, thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a successful event.