Could you help Dorset’s care leavers live independently?

Could you help Dorset’s care leavers live independently?

We are asking for Dorset businesses and organisations to step-up and lend their support to help young people who have been brought into the care of the Council, who are looking to develop their independence, and may not have the usual support of friends and family.

We would like to invite you to a live seminar on Monday 25 October at 4pm to hear more about the ways in which you can support our care leavers and make a difference.

Earlier this year, Dorset Council joined the national Care Leaver Covenant, a promise made by the private, public and voluntary sectors to provide support for Dorset’s care leavers. We are now asking for our wider community to consider the ways in which they can also lend their support.

From work opportunities at ITV and hands-on apprenticeships, to free tickets to sporting events or discounts on household items – the Care Leaver Covenant and the organisations signed up to it, are going some way to make the move to becoming a young adult that little bit easier for care leavers.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help said; “Our Care Leaver’s service currently supports over 260 young people aged 18-25 within the Dorset Council area. Many of our care leavers face the challenges of pursuing their studies or finding employment, while developing life skills, often without the support that other young people receive from family and friend networks.

“The Care Leaver Covenant recognises and highlights that we all need to play a part in supporting our care leavers. We are encouraging local businesses and organisations to consider how you could be part of Dorset’s initiative to give the best support to those leaving our care.”

We are looking for businesses and organisations to offer support, such as:

  • educational and training opportunities (e.g. work experience, work shadowing, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships)
  • additional support (e.g. pastoral support and life guidance, financial guidance, career/employment guidance, or advice on educational prospects and opportunities)
  • opportunities to broaden their horizons (e.g. access to sport, leisure and cultural activities)
  • involvement in specific activities and events which inspire their personal interests and widen their employment prospects

How to get involved

During National Care Leavers’ Week, we will be a hosting a virtual seminar on Monday 25 October from 4pm to 4.45pm, so you can find out more about what it means to sign up to the Care Leaver Covenant.

We will be joined by a representative from the Care Leaver Covenant and employees from the Care Leaver service, who will provide further detail on how your organisation can lend its support to Dorset’s care leavers.

Click to book your place

If you’re unable to attend the event but would like to find out more, please contact Susan Holden.  Email: ku.vo1638909081g.cct1638909081esrod1638909081@nedl1638909081oh.na1638909081sus1638909081

Half Term Picnic – Barnstaple

Half Term Picnic – Barnstaple

Care experienced, care leaver or in care? Half term picnic in Barnstaple’s Rock Park, all ages welcome.

Come join us for care leavers week and half term. Bring some snacks or come eat ours! Rounders and/or tug-of war are possibly, failing that huddling under a gazebo in the rain! Bring a friend if you want to and/or parent/carer if under 11.

Avocados Advocacy

Run by care leavers for anyone with care experience in Devon – offering free support, advice, mentoring and community – Change the Story.
Visit: avocadosadvocacy.com

Giveaway Draw

Giveaway Draw

We are giving away 3 MASSIVE prizes during National Care Leavers Week!

The prizes will be drawn at midday on Monday 25th, Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th October from names on our Connects database, so make sure you have signed up to Connects to be in with a chance to WIN!

Winners will be notified by the Care Leaver Covenant.

How do I take part?

To be in with a chance of winning, sign up to Connects. Your way to be the first to hear about offers and opportunities from the Covenant.

Sign up at: www.mycovenant.org.uk/connects

Kirsty Capes – Inspiring Story of a Care Leaver

Kirsty Capes – Inspiring Story of a Care Leaver

We are inviting all care experienced young people in Surrey aged 14-25 to attend a writing workshop with Kirsty Capes.

Kirsty Capes works in publishing and, as a Surrey care leaver, is an advocate for better representation for care-experienced people in the media. Careless is her first novel.
Kirsty will talk about her novel, her writing journey and path to publication. There will be an opportunity for you to ask Kirsty some questions. This will be followed by a writing workshop facilitated by Kirsty.

This is an incredible opportunity for any aspiring writers and avid readers, but also for young people who want to learn something new or that are simply curious to hear about Kirsty’s experiences as a care leaver, her career and successes. This event will be BSL interpreted.

To sign up please complete the linked form, and we will send you the Zoom link and details nearer the time. Signup here: forms.office.com

Warning – The content of this event includes topics some young people may find distressing or triggering: offensive language, self-harm, sex, drug use, abortion.

If you have any questions or need support with this form, please contact a member of the UVP team. If there are any technical issues with this form, please drop us an email at ku.vo1638909081g.ccy1638909081errus1638909081@ecio1638909081v.res1638909081u1638909081 so that we can fix it 🙂

Young Adult Council (YAC) Litter Pick – Maidstone

Young Adult Council (YAC) Litter Pick – Maidstone

Litter pick around the Whatman Park for Care Experienced Young People aged 16+, followed by a lovely picnic lunch

How to access it:
We will be meeting at Whatman Park in Maidstone and can meet young people from Maidstone East and Maidstone Barracks train stations.

Half Term Picnic – Barnstaple

Half Term Picnic – Plymouth

Care experienced, care leaver or in care? Half term picnic in Plymouth’s Central Park, all ages welcome.

Come join us for care leavers week and half term. Bring some snacks or come eat ours! Rounders and/or tug-of war are possibly, failing that huddling under a gazebo in the rain! Bring a friend if you want to and/or parent/carer if under 11.

Avocados Advocacy

Run by care leavers for anyone with care experience in Devon – offering free support, advice, mentoring and community – Change the Story.
Visit: avocadosadvocacy.com

Pure Insight – Best Practice Models for Care Experienced Young People

Pure Insight – Best Practice Models for Care Experienced Young People

About this event

We will kick off with a summary of findings from our recent evaluation examining the impact we have on young people, volunteers and the local authorities we work alongside – presented by Dr Claire Baker.

Followed by a series of sessions presented by the Pure Insight Team, Young People and Volunteers – sharing our successful best practice models for care experienced young people.

  • Mentoring (long term community based) – ‘somebody just for me’
  • Insightful Parenting – supporting care experienced young parents to thrive
  • Mental Health – outreach psychological well-being support and counselling service
  • Peer support/Participation/Group Activities – drop in cafe’s, outdoor challenge activities

Finally – a session to understand the local authorities perspective around the benefits of working in partnership with Pure Insight;

  • Deborah Woodcock – Director of Operations-Stockport Family and Principal Social Worker
  • Jeanette Warburton – Principal Lead (Social Care and Commissioning)
  • Karen Bazell – Leaving Care Team Leader – Stockport Family
  • Steve Nevitt – Service Manager Resources – Cheshire East Council

Ending with a Q&A session with the Pure Insight Team, Young People, Volunteers and Local Authority Representatives.

Meet the Rees Foundation Team in Worcester

Meet the Rees Foundation Team in Worcester

Catch up with some of the Rees Foundation team at The Mix Café & Bakery In Worcester! We’ll be there Tues 26th from 1.30-3.30pm, with free cakes! Rees Guest Card holders can get free drinks too!

Empower Hour with Reed Talent Solutions

Empower Hour with Reed Talent Solutions

Need support in your job seeking?

Join Megan Roberts, Senior Account Manager at Reed Talent Solutions, for our Empower Hour! Megan will be live on our Instagram account, to answer your questions about careers support from Reed. To support care leavers in obtaining a job, Reed provides access to live vacancies at their branches, as well as providing CV support, mock interviews, and general job seeking advice.
Join Megan online at 2-3pm, Tuesday 26th October.

Watch Megan’s video to find out more about Reed’s support for care leavers.

How do I take part?

  • When: 2-3pm, Tuesday 26th October. Live for one hour on Instagram
  • Where: www.instagram.com/careleavercovenant/
  • How: Watch out for the opening post at 2pm and then just join in the conversation thread. If you have anything personal that you don’t want to share there, please DM us your message!