Working with young people of Mixed Race using the Mix-d: concept (half day workshop)


17 October, afternoon only

Leeds City Museum


October 17, 2017 - 2:00 pm


October 17, 2017 - 4:30 pm


Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 8BH   View map

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Young people of Mixed Race are the fastest growing minority group in the UK. and are over represented in the care, youth justice and child protection services. But government and many service provider organisations have not yet got to grips with some of the issues which impact upon their daily lives.

Many young people who see themselves as Mixed Race do not find a positive reflection of their experiences in the wider world. Anecdotal evidence suggests that they experience a higher level of racism than those from a single ethnic group.

Some young people have parents who are share their different heritages in a positive way, but there is often little to reflect the Mixed Race experience itself. While many young people enter adulthood entirely comfortable with their dual heritage, others have a less positive experience and this can lead to ongoing difficulties in later life, including mental health issues.

The Mixed Race population is young, with an average age of 16-19, compared to 40 for White British people.

The challenge is to offer Mixed Race children a positive view of the world, and a positive reflexion of their own image and experiences. This is particularly important for the significant proportion of Mixed Race young people who have been raised by lone parents, or in the care system. If society fails to meet this challenge, then it is likely that this growing section of our community will be disproportionately likely to experience problems as they enter adulthood.

Do you work with young people of Mixed Race?

Would you – and they – benefit from a closer look at the complex issues around Mixed Race?

Do you want to learn some practical strategies and the right language to connect better with young people?

This half-day workshop on 17 October in Leeds, will explore the concept of Mix-d: and how it can be used as a tool to work effectively and pro-actively with young people who are Mix-d:  in a range of settings, including Looked After Children and the wider care system.

The workshop runs in the afternoon; it is ideal for busy professionals, both service planners and service deliverers.

Delegates will be provided with training notes and refreshments will be provided at registration and during a break in the workshop.

Aims of the training:

  • Learn about the Mix-d: concept
  • What young people have to say about Mixed Race
  • The latest ‘street’ language
  • How to avoid the ‘PC’ language trap
  • Developing a common language policy
  • How not to get caught in the ‘colour blind’ trap
  • Meeting the cultural needs of Mixed Race children
  • Mixed Race identity from a fostering and adoption perspective

Feedback previous training

Bradley received excellent feedback from two training sessions previously undertaken, including the following comments from delegates:

“ A clear-cut no nonsense approach to terminology was great!”

“Easy demeanour that made it ‘safe’ to think and talk freely.”

“Very good, very interesting. Will assist me in my job working with young offenders.”

“Innovative way of tackling the fear/apprehension of mixed race identity issues.”

“One of the best workshops I have attended in a long time – well worth the trip.”


Agenda (subject to change)

1.30pm – 2.00

Registration and coffee

2.00 – 3.00

Where we are…and where we’d like to be

  • Facts and figures
  • Perceptions of Mixed Race…and by Mixed Race young people
  • Network of issues around Mixed Race
  • Why a new approach is needed

3.00 – 3.15

Coffee break

3.15 – 4.15

The Mix-d: concept – connecting with young Mixed Race people

  • Developing a common language policy
  • Being colour blind isn’t the answer!
  • Meeting the cultural needs of Mixed Race children and young people
  • Mixed Race identity from a fostering and adoption perspective

4.15 – 4.30



Close of training

  • Schools
  • EMAS services
  • Educational psychologists and welfare
  • Mental health services
  • Family support services
  • Children’s charities
  • Children’s social services
  • Looked After Children’s services
  • Adoption and fostering services
  • Family intervention and support services
  • Sure Start/Children’s Centres
  • Substance misuse services
  • Social housing
  • Youth Justice Services
  • Youth services

The half day workshop is taking place in central Leeds at:

Leeds City Museum

Millennium Square, Cookridge Street

Tel: 0113 378 4485


Local transport information:

By bus: Leeds City Museum is a 15 minute walk from the city centre bus station.

By train: The Museum is a 10 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station.

By car: Leeds City Museum is well serviced by all routes travelling to the city-centre. If you are using a route planner, use postcode LS2 8BH.


Metered street parking and disabled bays are available nearby on Rossington Street and Cookridge Street.

Nearest Secure car parking is in, The Light and St John’s car parks on Great George Street.

Delegate fee:

 £70 + VAT = £84

Team of 5 (5th person attends for free) £280 + VAT = £336

ring 0115 916 3104 for details.


Included in the delegate package:

  • Training notes/pack
  • Refreshments upon arrival and mid session


Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 26th September 2017 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

Team bookings are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.



Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.

The trainer is Bradley Lincoln, who founded the Multiple Heritage Project in Manchester and devised the concept of Mix-d: He grew up in a Mixed Race family and, with the input of many young people through the Multiple Heritage Project, has created the concept of Mix-d: It is a way of talking about, and recording the experiences of, being Mix-d: The aim is for young people to arrive at adulthood relaxed about their heritage and confident in their interactions with other people.

Visit the Mix-d: website at this link