Warwickshire care leavers ‘Reach for the Sky’

To celebrate the achievements of young care leavers, the corporate parenting team at Warwickshire County Council hosted a BBQ party during National Care Leavers’ Week 2019, 28 October to 3 November.

The BBQ, cake sale and games were organised and run by an enthusiastic team of young people and the event was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and have some fun. The climbing wall proved very popular with lots of eager volunteers, including many of the staff team, reaching the top to press the buzzer.

Guests were able to visit a pop-up-shop and pick up some free items of clothing, food, toiletries, and household goods. The shop was set up by the care leavers who wanted to help each other, especially the unaccompanied asylum seekers who arrive in this country with nothing, to set up home. The items are also used to make up Christmas hampers for those who do not have any family and will be on their own this Christmas. If you would like to help by donating, please contact: shinderpaulbhangal@warwickshire.gov.uk

The animal man came with a selection of reptiles and spiders giving everyone a chance to overcome their fears and hold a snake or stroke a spider and a new cycle workshop was launched. The young people will be able to learn cycle maintenance skills, do a cycling proficiency course and receive a free bike at the end of the course. Being able to get out and about helps to build fitness, independence and enables care leavers to access work opportunities more easily. The project is funded by the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) grant fund, an initiative that was set up to tackle road safety.

John Coleman, Assistant Director, Children and Families Services said: “Care leavers are some of the most vulnerable members of our community and we want to do as much as we can to support them on their path to leading successful, independent lives. The council helps care leavers in many ways including finding suitable accommodation, continuing their education, managing their finances, helping them to stay healthy and establish good relationships. We know young people who have spent time in care can go on to achieve amazing things when guided and nurtured in the right way”.