Young people celebrated during National Care Leavers’ Week

A week of activities and fun events is taking place in the Wakefield district to celebrate the lives of young care leavers.

Helping all young people to thrive and grow, develop their talents and achieve their ambitions is a key commitment for Wakefield Council.

As part of National Care Leavers’ Week, the success of the district’s young people leaving care, is being highlighted alongside help, advice and support services  as they enter into a more independent stage of life, and face the unique challenges of adult life.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

The week includes:

  • A skills programme workshop with support from organisations including multinational contractor Engie, WDH’s Cash Wise team and the DWP; on managing finances, accommodation and budget;
  • complimentary therapy/pampering sessions;
  • taking part in training with newly qualified social workers;
  • Fun pumpkin carving sessions;
  • and a trip to the Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park.

An achievement and awards evening on Tuesday 2 November at Wakefield College’s Beaumont Building – will celebrate the triumphs, efforts, and resilience of young care leaver people from across the district.

There will also be certificates, goody bags, music, as well as opportunities for young people to share ideas on shaping future services.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We’re very proud of our young care leavers and we are actively working with them to ensure they have the support they need as they take the next steps forward into successful and happy futures.

“It is very positive thar care leavers have the opportunity to take part in these activities and perhaps learn some new skills.

“Care leavers face many unique challenges as they enter adult life and our role is to support them to create a bright future for themselves.”

The theme of the week is  #WhatLeavingCareShouldBe, which encourages discussions around how to improve the lives of care leavers.

The Council’s Next Steps Leaving Care Service provides support for care leavers aged 16 to 25 through a dedicated team, plus Facebook page and website offering advice and help. It also run a variety of events for young people to participate in throughout the year, including a mum and baby and LGBQT+ groups plus a 16+ participation forum.