Ali Roberts April 12, 2022

Care Leavers programme update – the impact of the legacy

In 2019, the children’s charity, Barnardo’s were gifted legacy funding from an individual who requested that the money be used to support work with children and young people. Working in partnership, Barnardo’s and the Nottingham City Place-Based Partnership, established a programme of work specifically for care experienced young people in Nottingham. Aligned to Barnardo’s strategy for Positive Futures, this has been a priority programme for the Nottingham City Place-Based Partnership for the past two years.

Progress so far

There has been impressive joint working, particularly on the ground where Nottingham City Council’s Care Leavers Service has worked with Barnardo’s and other partners to develop services that meet the needs of the young people they support every day in the city.

It was agreed that the focus should be on all three, so the life of the young person is considered holistically.

  • Accommodation
  • Mental Health transitions
  • Positive destinations. 

Supported Lodgings

Eight hosts have been approved, with a further host recommended for approval

There are currently four young people living with a Supported Lodgings Host, however one of these placements has proved to be unsuccessful and Nottingham City Council are looking for alternative accommodation for them. For more information contact supportedlodgingsnh@barnardos.org.uk

Befriending Service

The volunteer befriending role is currently being advertised through a variety of sources, online, social media and through the place-based partnership and various stakeholders

There has been a positive response so far, and the volunteer co-ordinator is currently progressing three applications and communicating with a number of other potential volunteers who have expressed an interest. For more information contact nottinghambefriending@barnardos.org.uk

Aspiration Champion network

The Aspiration Champion network aims to link care experienced young people from the age of 14 upwards with a mentor who can help them with education, training or employment. 

Support can be anything from a one-off conversation about what options they are wanting to take at school, to on-going weekly support and potentially work experience.

Several Aspiration Champions have signed up to volunteer for this network, the focus of current work is around raising this opportunity with those professionals working closely with care experienced young people. For more information, please contact lorraine.sudlow@barnardos.org.uk.

Moving forward

There are several proposals for the Nottingham Legacy funding going forward, and these are being explored in each of the three work streams of work.

These proposals include embedding professionals directly within the Leaving Care team who can support in specialist areas, of mental health, education, and housing.        

So, keep an eye out for further information on how the project develops.