Zooming to success – update on a virtual eyeYPAG meeting by Orla

By Louca-May Brady,

This was a very different YPAG meeting to normal – it was held via Zoom as a remote meeting because social distancing means we could not all travel to London. It was quite strange at first as we were all a bit quiet, but we soon warmed to it. We started off by saying hello and answering a poll about how our ‘weather’ was:

(Picture © Beci Ward: check out the great Covid-related colouring pages on her website)

In the first half, we discussed the logo for the group with Sofie, the artist who we’ve been working with, and used a poll to decide which one of our top three we liked best. We decided on the first ‘swoosh’ design:

After this, we talked about the ground rules we’d come up with at the last meeting and tried to improve them. We did this in small groups, then brought all our ideas together again. We merged some of the rules as they were similar. We decided that maybe we should make one list of rules instead of two.

During the second half, a researcher (James) zoomed in and told us about genetic eye disease and how he was doing research to help prevent it. He showed us the different types (including videos of eye surgery!) and explained how it is caused by spelling mistakes in your DNA. We answered his questions and looked at his information leaflets to make them easier and more understandable for children asked to take part in the project. It was really interesting.

It was a fun meeting, especially because it was virtual. We’re planning some more Zoom meetings soon.

Note from the facilitators: We made the meeting shorter than normal (2 hours with a break) and most people agreed in the post-meeting evaluation that this was the right length. Not everyone wanted to take part in the Zoom meeting so group members who opted out were able to take part by email instead.