Events Management students and graduates are working alongside the NHS-funded project, Born in Bradford (BiB), to organise the 2014 BiB Family Festival.
The BiB team organise an annual event for the 13,500 research participants and their families. In previous years this has been a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Lister Park but will this year move to a twin site - City Park Bradford and The National Media Museum.
The new BiB Family Festival will take place on Saturday 18h and Sunday 19 October, with the aim of engaging children and their families through activities, exhibitions and entertainers. The Festival is split into three themes - Our Planet, Our Bodies and Our Lives - and aims to convey research findings to attendees, as well as thanking participants for their support.
Born in Bradford is one of the biggest and most important medical research studies undertaken in the UK. The project started in 2007 and is looking to answer questions about our health by tracking the lives of 13,500 babies and their families. It will provide information for studies across the UK and around the world. The aim of Born in Bradford is to find out more about the causes of childhood illness by studying children from all cultures and backgrounds as their lives unfold.
There are exciting opportunities for our Events, Media and Entertainment Management students to volunteer at the Festival and work on all aspects of the two-day event. Events Management graduate, Emma Heslington, who works for the newly-formed Leeds Met Event Support Service, is Lead Event Officer for the project and Events Masters student, Hennah Din, and Entertainment Management student, Abby Johnston, are busy working alongside Emma to plan the event.
Current student, James Guerin, is working as a full time Events Officer, helping to manage the event as part of his student placement with Event Support Services. He said: "It has been inspiring to work with Born in Bradford, an organisation whose research has a positive impact on the health of so many families in the region. We are looking forward to welcoming families to the City Park and the National Media Museum in October.
"We are also currently recruiting for on-site support for the event which is a fantastic opportunity for student to get the live event skills they need for industry."