Young people to pursue best outcomes for care leavers through localised social action model

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Catch22 has been successful in securing part of a £2.5million fund for social action projects that will change the lives of vulnerable young people.

23 June 2014

The Centre for Social Action at the Cabinet Office has awarded Catch22 £200,000 for a one-year project, which will fund the development of the National Care Advisory Service’s Young People’s Benchmarking Forum (YPBMF).

The YPBMF is currently a national initiative for young people aged 16-years-old or over who are in or who have been in care within a local authority that is a member of the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum. The main forum, of which over 70 LAs are members, aims to share best practice in order to secure the best outcomes for young people making the transition from care to adulthood, and the YPBMF aims to promote understanding and an awareness of issues in order to improve local care services.

The funding will enable the YPBMF to scale five local authorities and implement a structured and focused social action model in pursuit of the forum’s aims. A coordinator for each area – Kent, Suffolk, Wandsworth, West Sussex and Walsall – will recruit 10 volunteers who are care leavers and support them to develop their own social action projects to benefit at least 800 young people. Projects will aim to:

  • reduce over-representation of jobless care leavers
  • improve corporate parenting
  • counter negative perceptions of care leavers.

Each social action project will be unique and based on local issues and Catch22’s social action web app will be the tool that facilitates the action. Plan.Do makes it easy to run projects, track tasks, involve others and tick off progress, and rewards the development of skills including communication and problem-solving. Plan.Do makes social action happen – read more about it here.

Nando’s is also partnering with Catch22 to incentivise the projects with meals in local restaurants, providing a fun space for project planning meetings.

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