Ur Say Ur Play is a set of playing cards featuring details of support services for Warwickshire’s looked after children aged 13-18. The cards were designed by members of the local authority’s Children in Care Council – all children and young people with experience of life in care – to replace the ‘big suitcase’ of information leaflets that they used to be given. They chose the playing card format because it is easy to carry around, as well as being something you can ‘have a bit of fun with’.
Each card features a different service – chosen by young people – and a QR code which links directly to the service website when scanned using a smartphone. By accessing information direct from the website, young people can feel confident that it is up-to-date and accurate.
The council is also able to track hits to the different service websites, so they know which cards young people are using most regularly. This helps to identify issues that young people are particularly concerned with, such as mental health, which can inform future service development. Warwickshire is now exploring having an online version of Ur Say Ur Play so the cards can be updated more easily and young people can download them directly onto their smartphones.
This example was originally featured in the 'My life, my support, my choice' narrative published by National Voices and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP).