What we Can Offer in Warrington
The Care Experienced Voice
In all areas we provide opportunity for care experienced people to get involved in influencing and shaping provision (including our own) for care leavers locally and nationally. We achieve this through;
Young Advisors Panel – meets quarterly (sometimes more often if there are pieces of work that require a more urgent response) to discuss current services, opportunities and feedback on particular issues relevant at that time. We also feed into local and national reviews, research and pieces of work relevant to care leavers. We offer opportunities for senior leaders and commissioners to consult with the panel around designing and commissioning services for care leavers. Membership is fluid and focussed around young ‘s specific interest in particular issues or pieces of work
Reference Groups – we form reference groups around specific issues such as being a care experienced parent and emotional wellbeing – we feed into learning circles, strategic meetings and local authority senior leadership to ensure issues important to young people are highlighted and prioritised.
Young Interviewers – we involve care experienced young people in interviewing all new team members and new volunteers through a structured Young Interviewers Panel
Training Opportunities – we involve care experienced young people in training Pure Insight volunteers and other professionals such as PA’s, social workers, student social workers, health visitors, midwives. We also provide training to other organisations seeking to have a better understanding of how to best support care experienced young people including employers wishing to capitalise on the skills and talents care experienced young people can offer.
National Networks– we feed the care experienced voice into national forums such as the National Care Leavers Benchmarking forum, GM Care Leavers Trust, The Care Leavers Covenant, The Care Leavers Association, Our Voice, Our Say, The All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children and Care Leavers, The National Implementation Advisor for Care Leavers.
Our counsellors are highly trained in working with people who have experienced trauma and or other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. They will offer you a weekly slot to meet up and talk either face to face or over the telephone to help you work through difficult feelings or situations in your life. They can meet you a few times for a coffee or walk first if you feel this would make this more comfortable for you. We understand it’s a big step and it’s nice to meet somebody a few times first to get to know them.
Psychological Wellbeing Services
Are you struggling with your mental health or managing your emotions? When we have been through tough events in life it can leave scars on us that need time, patience and support to heal. Our Psychological wellbeing workers will support you on a weekly basis in your own home or out in the community to learn skills in how to manage your mental health and emotions. They can also help you to access your GP, understand your life story and any diagnosis or labels you may have We will work with you to determine how long you may need support for and you can dip in and out of this service as you need to – its led by you!