News

Thu, 2 Feb 2023

Let's Connect - this year's theme of Children's Mental Health Week

On Monday 6th February at Our Space we have Rob Blackburn (Children’s Complaints Officer) and Barnardo’s Staff (Advocacy and Independent Visitors) present to introduce themselves to you and let you know about the services available.

We will also be offering an activity for you to get involved with Children’s Mental Health week, with the support of a representative from the Care Navigator Team embedded with Wirral CAMHS NHS team. 

Tue, 10 Jan 2023

19th January, the first Stay and Play of 2023

The Stay and Play group at Our Space starts again on the 19th of January, our apologies for the fact the newsletter says the group starts this week - this is an error.

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Tue, 20 Dec 2022

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Christmas Opening

The Participation and Engagement service is on Christmas break from 19/12/22 and will return on 03/01/23.

Mon, 12 Dec 2022

If you sign up to the Connects app here  Connects Sign-up - Care Leaver Covenant (mycovenant.org.uk) You will be entered into a prize draw to win £50.

Fri, 9 Dec 2022

Firstly we have launched our IMO Christmas competition: https://imohub.org.uk/competition-share-your-christmas-message/ (deadline Wednesday 14th December). Every person who enters will get a Christmas present and they will be entered into a prize draw to win a bungee jump and love2shop vouchers. The messages they share will also be published to support other care experienced people through the holiday period.

Wed, 7 Dec 2022

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Christmas bingo this Wednesday (14th December).  The bingo is from 4-6pm with the actual game beginning at 5pm.  Join us for some festive fun! We look forward to seeing you there.

Wed, 30 Nov 2022


Your Corporate Parents have made your education and employment one of their priorities.  We would like you to tell us how they can improve this.  We have put together 4 questions to see if you think your education and employment could be better, and how your corporate parents can help to improve this.

This survey will only take 2 minutes to complete and will help corporate parents understand your views

Tue, 29 Nov 2022

hatch - holistic approach to children's heath

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The hatch Service Offer For young people

Tue, 29 Nov 2022

Did you know we have an education, employment, and training drop in every first Thursday of the month from 4-6pm?

Come to Our Space between 4 and 6 if you have any questions, need guidance, or help with anything education, employment, and training related.

For more information, contact garethjones@wirral.gov.uk

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Tue, 29 Nov 2022

Free Loaves on Fridays will be an anthology about the care system, written by people with lived experience. 

If you were in care for any period aged 17 and under, and want to help change the public's understanding of what it means to be care-experienced, we would love to publish your words. You are welcome to submit regardless of your age, background, or level of writing experience. 

Tue, 15 Nov 2022

See the below invite and fact sheet for information about the Home Office's Young People's Board if you are interested you must email juliesmith1@wirral.gov.uk

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Tue, 15 Nov 2022

Our weekly newsletters can be found in the Our Space section of our website.

These will be updated weekly sharing news from the Participation and Engagement, 14-19, and Leaving Care teams.

Fri, 28 Oct 2022

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Welcome to the first Participation and Engagement newsletter! Starting this week, we will be publishing news and timetable of events on offer at Our Space from the P&E team, the Leaving Care team, and the 14-19 team.

Wed, 26 Oct 2022

Jamie finishing the marathon

Jamie Mackie is an Independent Reviewing Officer here at Wirral Council, and he decided to raise money for Wirral’s Care Leavers by running 2 marathons in under 6 hours!  Jamie’s experience in succeeding in doing this was amazing, with Jamie sharing that it couldn’t have gone any better.

Mon, 24 Oct 2022

Rites for girls is a group offering mentoring for girls.  They offer things such as girls prepare for puberty and learn how to take charge of their emotional, social, and mental well-being.  As well as this, they support their mothers as the girls journey through this pivotal phase. Girls’ Net provides guidance and camaraderie through times of challenge to small groups of same-age girls (aged 8-18) in weekly online sessions.  Our Mentors offer tools for coping well and the girls access their inner resources while also realising that they’re not alone.

Wed, 19 Oct 2022

Alt text written below imageNEXTGEN Sports Coaching Academy

Interested in a career in sports coaching?

The nextgen sports coaching academy is designed to give 16-24 year olds hands-on experience of sports coaching within a variety of settings.

Wed, 19 Oct 2022

Alt text written below imageCare Leavers' Week 2022!

Week Commencing 24/10/22

Monday - Bingo, Raffle, and Quiz night 5:30-7:30pm at Our Space.  Lots of prizes to be won! Hosted by our P and E team.  Email juliesmith1@wirral.gov.uk to confirm your place.

Wed, 5 Oct 2022

The Wirral Youth Voice group have made a questionnaire to find out what you know about county lines.  County lines is about adults getting young people involved in dodgy adult dealings. They exploit children and young people and vulnerable adults to move the drugs and money to and from the urban area, and to store the drugs in local areas. They will often use intimidation, violence and weapons, including knives, corrosives and firearms. 

Mon, 26 Sep 2022

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Every Thursday from 1-2:30pm starting 6th October.

For babies and toddlers aged 0-4.

At Our Space

Join us for lots of fun!

Fri, 23 Sep 2022

Good luck 

Good luck to Jamie Mackie who is running his first marathon this weekend to fundraise for care leavers.  He has set himself the challenge of running the Berlin and London marathons in a combined time of less than 6 hours. The marathons take place one week apart 25th Sept & 2nd Oct.

Jamie's fundraising will be used to help ease isolation and provide social and cultural opportunities for care leavers that they would not otherwise have access to.

Fri, 2 Sep 2022

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Prince's Trust

Challenge Yourself - Week 1

Outdoor learning and team building activities

Go Further - Week 2

Activities can include: water sports, team challenges, indoor climbing.

Thu, 1 Sep 2022

Coram Voice have launched a consultation alongside National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) to hear from care experienced children and young people on some of the recommendations from the Independent Review of Social Care, including discussion around advocacy, Independent Visitors and care experience as a protected characteristic. A protected characteristic is a right not to be given an unfair disadvantage because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion

Tue, 30 Aug 2022

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Interested in an army career?

Come along to a Q and A with Sgt Wright.

There will be army style games such as military memory games, an insight into medical and military equipment as well as observation and drawing/sketching games.

Tue, 30 Aug 2022

Applications are currently open for Future Yard's Sound Check training programme for 16-24 year olds looking to build experience in the live music industry. There are two strands of the programme: a 12-week Monday night programme, and an 18-week full-time traineeship, both here at Future Yard: https://futureyard.org/soundcheck/ 

Thu, 18 Aug 2022

Juno promo posterCalling all Care Leavers!

Become a consultant for the team working to improve residential care.

Here at Juno we are passionate about making residential care a great place to grow up. We are working with dedicated professionals and care experienced people like you to make sure we get it right.

Are you:

18 or over?

Mon, 15 Aug 2022

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Guidance, information and advice for anything related to education, employment and training.

Sessions are 4-6pm on Thursday 1st September, Thursday 6th October, Thursday 3rd November, Thursday 1st December.

Contact elizabethhale@wirral.gov.uk or your PA for more information and where to find these drop in sessions.

Fri, 12 Aug 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for you to have your say on what needs to change in the care system after the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (Care Review).

 

In August, Become will be running two workshops to hear from care-experienced young people about what you think of the Care Review. The sessions will inform our policy and campaigning work as we aim to influence change and improve the experiences of children in care and young care leavers.

 

Thu, 11 Aug 2022

You can now nominate an adult to win a Listen To Me award.

The awards will be held at Our Space on the 20th of September 2022.

The link to nominate an adult.

Nominations must be submitted by the 4th of September 2022.

Wed, 3 Aug 2022

August activities

You are invited!

August save the dates.

CLC 21+ Wednesday 3rd August 5:30-6:30

CLC 15-21 Monday 15th August 5-6pm

Social/Activities 1st&3rd Thursday 4-6pm

SKILZ Every Monday 5:30-6:30pm

Find out more about us Drop in Monday 8th August 1-4pm

Wed, 3 Aug 2022

What we do?

Youth Fed offer mental health support which can benefit you by focusing on your health aspects and strengths.

How?

When you recognize that they are experiencing difficulties with their mental health, they can refer themselves or ask their key worker to refer them.

Thu, 7 Jul 2022

Our Care Councils have changed!  

To attend any of these sessions, please email Juliesmith1@wirral.gov.uk

Update on care councils.

Our Care Councils

An opportunity for you to have your say and influence what it is like to be looked after in Wirral. All of our sessions will take place at Our Space, or online.

Fri, 1 Jul 2022

Are you interested in a technology course?

  • The course will take 5 weeks.
  • It will include a safeguarding and ceop training about online safety.
  • It will include how to run apps, word and other basics needed for school/college/life
  • They would, once fully completing the 5 weeks – receive a free technology kit.

 

Fri, 1 Jul 2022

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are now at Our Space!

Contact your PA to find out how to make an appointment.

The DWP can help with a range of advice relating to work and benefits.

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Tue, 21 Jun 2022

Wirral Council’s Youth Matters Service are hosting a day-long Party in the Park’ to mark the launch of the new neighbourhood youth offer for young people across the borough.

The celebration on Saturday June 25 will feature live music from local bands, musicians and performers, plus games, exhibitions, crafts, games and workshops, from 11am to 4pm.

Wed, 8 Jun 2022

We have put together a questionnaire so we can understand your thoughts on carers and homes.

This will be used by the Corporate Parenting Board, when they are making decisions at their next meeting.

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Tue, 31 May 2022

A striking squad of influential Merseyside women have teamed-up to support a brand-new football tournament to give girls hope and aspiration for the future.

Tue, 31 May 2022

Click here to head over to the Our Space section to see the invite to our CLC information event.

Wed, 25 May 2022

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Fostering needs Care Leavers to attend their assessment visits, could you help?

You would attend the home of someone who has applied to be a foster.

You can ask them questions and feedback on whether you think the applicant would make a good foster carer.

 

What will you get?

Tue, 24 May 2022

During the month of May we held our 16th annual celebrations at Our Space, hosting the Children Looked After Success and Achievement Awards for children looked after and care leavers.

This year we received 155 CLA Award nominations and over the two-day celebrations enjoyed celebrating with many of those young people nominated and their chosen guests, which included family members, foster carers, social workers, PA’s and teachers.

Tue, 10 May 2022

Have your say day promoHave your say day! Carers and homes.

Tuesday 31st May 10:30-2:30 at Our Space, Argyle Street, Birkenhead.

Lunch provided and an activity provided immediately following.

Places are limited.

For more information or to book, contact juliesmith1@wirral.gov.uk.

Tue, 10 May 2022

About the ‘It’s Our Care’ campaign 

It’s Our Care’ will be an opportunity for Members of Parliament (MPs) to hear directly from care experienced young people (aged 12-25), in person at the houses of parliament, though local action or social media.

 

Fri, 22 Apr 2022

Find below the poster for Two Brother Muay Thai event.Boxing event poster

Email twobrothersgymenquiries@gmail.com to sign up or find out more

Fri, 22 Apr 2022

Please find details below re. Future Yard’s SOUND CHECK TRAINEESHIP; a free-to-access training programme from Future Yard, designed to introduce young people to the skills they need to pursue careers in the live music industry. It is open to young people aged 16 to 24 from the local area. Now taking applications for our full-time, 18-week traineeship programme.

 

Programme starts 25th April & applications open now! 

Fri, 22 Apr 2022

USA Advisory Group

We are now recruiting for an advisory group of care experienced young people aged 18-25 to help us with co-design of our National Care Leaver Jobs Program. We hope to be able to take the group to the United States for a tour to meet people that are trailblazing in this area. This is a concept right now, which we will try to make happen.

Fri, 22 Apr 2022

Coram Voice is working alongside University College London and Sussex University in a research project about the mental health and wellbeing of care experienced young people.

 

Fri, 22 Apr 2022

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Tue, 19 Apr 2022

What neurodiversity is

This new project has been imagined and created by those with a background in neurodiversity and working with Care Leavers. It supports those with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s. It also supports Care Leavers.

 

Wed, 6 Apr 2022

A list of the events taking place iin March

This Month our events are...

Care Leavers' Council - Every 1st Wednesday of the Month 6-7pm.

SKILZ programme - Every Monday 5:30-6:30pm.

Sewing and Cooking - Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 4-6pm.

Care Leavers' Football - Every 1st Thursday of the Month 5-6pm.