News

Mon, 26 Sep 2022

Alt text written below imageStay and play!

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

Alt text written below imageCareers and Job advice.

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.

Wed, 23 Mar 2022

Exciting news... The Right Side of Care is now on Instagram!

Please follow us to see what we are up to.

Our instagram page is therightsideofcare.  If you follow us and like our competition post by the end of March, you could win a £30 amazon voucher!

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Tue, 1 Mar 2022

Do you want to make your own music WITHOUT having to play instruments?

On the 12th March Youth Fed are collaborating with Mako Create to run a 90-minute taster session that teaches you the basics of BandLab (an online digital audio workstation); taking you from creating you

Thu, 24 Feb 2022

Voting for youth parliament

4 days left to vote! You have to be 11-18 years old and live in Wirral to vote.

Make a choice! Have your say! Raise your voice!

You have three things to do:

Mon, 21 Feb 2022

Hi, my name is Poppy and I work for Wirral Council. I work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to listen to them and help them use their voice to make things better.

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Mon, 21 Feb 2022

Enter the Voice Competition

Our Voices 2022 Writing Competition is now in full swing and entries open. Please help us spread the word and encourage as many children in care and care leavers to enter as possible. 

 

What is Voices?

 

Thu, 10 Feb 2022

If you are under 16 you need your guardian's consent to participate in this survey

Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership need answers to a survey of young people.  They want to understand your concerns and feelings to help stop violence and some causes of violence.

The survey asks your opinions, thoughts and issues that sometimes link with experiences of violence.

Thu, 27 Jan 2022

 

The NHS are recruiting 6 young people aged 13-25.  This is tpo represent the voice of young people on the NHS Children and Young People’s Youth Board. They would like people with experience of representing the voice of young people and a passion for creating positive change for children and young people across the country.

Wed, 26 Jan 2022

Wednesday 26th Jan, Wednesday 16th and 23rd of Feb - from 5-7pm

Join us for our social event! There are games to be played and prizes to be won in the raffle and bingo.

There will be lots of yummy food; pizza, garlic bread, chips etc.

12 limited spaces so be quick

Mon, 24 Jan 2022

Are you a child in care or a care leaver aged 11-25? If you are Coram Voice want to know which of these topics is most important to you.

Coram voice survey

Fill out the survey here.

The closing date for this survey is the 18th of February.

Mon, 17 Jan 2022

Would you like to apply to be a member of the UK Youth Parliament? This will give you the opportunity to collect and represent the views and issues that matter to the young people on the Wirral, and present them.

 

There is more information in this word document, as well as the application to be a member which must be sent to selinewakerley@wirral.gov.uk by the 5th of February.

Tue, 21 Dec 2021

Merry Christmas message

Wed, 15 Dec 2021

Are you aged between 11-18 years?

Are you interested in representing Wirral as a member of youth parliament?

 

We wanted to spread the word of opportunities coming up in the new year!

More information and how to apply will be released in January!

Tue, 14 Dec 2021

See flyer below for Wirral Youth Weekender Christmas events and how to get involved.

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Tue, 14 Dec 2021

Win a £50 amazon voucher

1000 Care Leavers who sign up to Connects app can win a £50 amazon voucher.  Connects app is The Care Leaver Covenant’s portal, it shares relevant work, education, and recreational opportunities, as well as information and support.

To win, you have to register on the app before midnight on the 22nd of December.  But hurry! The first 1000 to register will be sent the voucher by email.

Tue, 14 Dec 2021

Gloves Up Weapons Down is an organisation offering a 4 week block of boxing training and boxercise classes. Alongside these classes there is an element of work training. This can provide you with mentoring that can help you get into employment with a range of sectors.  Some of the sectors involved are Civil engineering, Security and Retail.

 

This is a great opportunity to have fun while learning both fitness and employability skills.

 

Tue, 7 Dec 2021

You are invited to the council’s next community tree planting event. At this event we will plant a woodland in the shape of a heart.  This is dedicated to foster carers and the children and young people in their care. You can join in planting 850 baby whip trees to help the Wirral climate emergency goal.  Their goal is to double the number of trees by 2030.

 

When: 11am and 1pm on Saturday 11th December.

Where: Carr Bridge Road Greenspace, Carr Bridge Road, Upton.

 

Wed, 24 Nov 2021

Tell us what you think of the Leaving Care team

 

The Leaving Care team helps young people as they move into adulthood. They give advice and practical support. They can help you find a job or give advice about your education. This is to help people become more confident and independent.

 

We want to know if our young people feel like the team does a good job. Please fill out the form to tell the team what you think of the service.

Tell us what you think

Tue, 9 Nov 2021

Looking after and protecting children and young people is one of the most important jobs that councils do. 

When a child, for whatever reason, can’t safely stay at home, it is up to the local authority to step in and give them the care, support and stability that they deserve.

The Government says that: “… every councillor, every Director of Children’s Services, every social worker or teacher should demand no less for children in care than they would for their own children”.  This is what is meant by 'corporate parent'.

Thu, 4 Nov 2021

As you know, last week on Wirral we celebrated National Care Leavers' Week.

It was very busy, lots of fun, and really good to see so many Care Leavers getting involved.

We would like to thank all the Care Leavers, PA's and other staff that joined in the celebrations and helped to make this week the success that it was.

We would also like to thank all the local employers and businesses that also supported the week and provided the young people with a variety of activities and opportunities to try new things.