Summer Participation and Involvement Event (Summer PIE)

About this event

Thursday 25th - Friday 26th August 2022

In the Centre's 70th year, we will be celebrating our 7th Annual Summer PIE from 25th - 26th August 2022. The Summer PIE is an event that aims to bring together young people, parent carers and professionals from across the mental health and social care sector to celebrate young people and parent/carer's involvement in co-production work at any level.

Over the two days, attendees can choose from exciting workshops and webinars, including self-care, upskilling, talks from guest speakers and opportunities to learn about all the fantastic participation work in mental health services.

We invite young people (under 18s to be accompanied or to have spoken with our Youth Participation Officer beforehand) and parent/carers, as well as Participation workers and champions in the field of mental health to celebrate this amazing work with us.

Please note that this event primarily involves young people and parents/carers. If attending as a professional, please ensure to share the Summer PIE with young people and parents.

Thursday 25th August 15:00 - 19:00 (Day 1)

The day will be held completely online.

Friday 26th August 10:30 -17:00 (Day 2)

The day will take place at the Anna Freud Centre and there will be the opportunity to attend online in a hybrid format.

The programme and registration for specific workshops will be shared very soon.

Have a look below at the 2019 and 2021 programmes to see what happens at Summer PIE!

Summer PIE Programme 2021

Summer PIE Programme 2019

Aims of the event
  • Celebrate the contribution of young people and parent carers to the mental health field.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of Co-production and participation work in the mental health field.
  • Provide young people and parent/carers an opportunity to be rewarded and appreciated for all the amazing work they do in participation and co-production.
Who is this event suitable for?

Young people, parent/carers, professionals that work with and want to engage with young people and parent/carers.

Suitable for external staff only if a young person/parent/carer will be joining with you.

Deliver a workshop!

Would your organisation or service like to deliver a workshop at our Summer PIE this year? We’re giving out the opportunity for young people and/or parent/carers to deliver or co-deliver a 50 minute workshop. Please email: with the following information by Wednesday 10th August:

    • Title
    • Aim
    • What would participants be doing
    • How much, if there is a cost
    • Name
    • Email
    • Organisation
    • Website
Thursday 25 August Agenda

Online Event

15:00 – 16:00 Welcome to Summer Pie! Panel discussion with young people and parent/carers about Co-production work 

Co-hosts parents Lorna & Nicola, and young person Millie will be introducing you to the exciting sessions planned. They will discuss the important work of co-production and participation in the mental health field with each other and other young people and parent/carers from different organisations.  

16:00 - 16:30 BREAK

16:30 – 17:00 Hope Virgo and Champions (both parent and young) share experiences of mental health services and support 

Special guest, campaigner, activist and recent mother Hope Virgo will join one of our Young Champions and Parent/Carer Champions discussing the nuances of of managing your mental health from a young age, right through and during parenthood.  

17:00 - 17:30 BREAK

17:30 – 18:30 ‘Experts by …’ - What does it mean to be an ‘expert by experience’ in mental health work?

In the field of mental health and co-production with often hear the term ‘experts by experience’, but what does that really mean?  In this workshop we will aim to explore what ‘Expert by experience’ really means and in what other ways can people claim to be ‘experts. 

18:45 – 19:00 Event Close 

Co-hosts Lorna, Millie and Nicola, will sum up the evening's events, sharing their thoughts and observations. They will also run through the exciting agenda for the online and in-person events the following day. 

Friday 26 August Agenda

Hybrid Event

10:00-10:30 Arrival 

10:30–11:00 Welcome (online and in-person)

Our co-hosts Millie, Nicola and Lorna will introduce the day ahead, the team behind Summer Pie and run some short activities to get the energy flowing!

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Workshops

Poetry session (online and in-person)

Music Mindfulness (in-person only)

12:00-12:15 BREAK

12:15-12:30 Morning Summary (online and in-person)

PPA hosts will invite members of the audience to share a little bit about each workshop with the rest of the group and discuss the afternoon.

12:30-14:00 LUNCH

14:00-14:30 Group Energiser (online and in-person)

We will come back together for a group energiser lead by PPAs.

14:30-14:45 BREAK

14:45 – 15:35 A CORC Workshop – What should we be researching in the next few years? (online and in-person)

As the Child Outcomes Research Consortium look to set their research strategy until 2026, they would like to invite YOU, young people and parent/carers to join them in sharing your priorities and thoughts in this matter, to set out their next few years. 

Join Hannah and the team to discuss the key topics that you think need further research to support young people and parent/carers going forward. 

15:35 - 15:50 BREAK

15:50 - 16:50 Event Close (online and in-person)

Spotlight celebrations, speakers and creative performances.

25th August 2022
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 Day
  • 15:00 - 19:00 (UK Time)



26th August 2022
  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, 4-8 Rodney St, London N1 9JH, UK View Map
  • 1 Day
  • 10:30 - 17:00 (UK Time)



26th August 2022
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 Day
  • 10:30 - 17:00 (UK Time)



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