Today (8 December 2015) is the launch of a new project for care leavers, called ‘New Belongings’, this is a national project backed by the Care Leavers Foundation to ensure Leaving Care Services are at the top of the agenda of Council decision makers and service commissioners. Ensuring care leavers get the best services takes all agencies, projects and providers to work together to ensure the young people get the best start when moving to independence. One of the ways we will be launching the project is by having care leavers at the heart of the planning process, sharing their ideas where services need to be improved. Young people have created a New Belongings action plan, which is a start to driving forward 3 priority areas for Wakefield, which includes:
1 – Apprenticeships with Wakefield Council for care leavers
2 – A support package for assessing the independence skills of young people getting ready to move on to independence
3 – A forum for young people to discuss with managers and workers their development ideas, ideas for new projects and how to remove barriers for care leavers. The young people have already named this group ’16 plus forum’, and around 8 young people have started to meet on a monthly basis. We welcome new care leavers to the group, and encourage anyone with an experience of care/leaving care to come along and find out more.
Come along and find out more about ‘New Belongings’, at Wakefield Town Hall, Tuesday 8 December 4pm – 5.30pm. There will be a wide range of information stalls to support care leavers, plus refreshments are provided.