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 November Newsletter


The Care Leavers National Movement (CLNM) have again had a very busy few months; reviewing the recommendations from their Peer Evaluation of House Projects, planning and delivering their conference on Friday 22nd October and taking part in interviews with researchers who are conducting an evaluation of The National House Project (NHP).

What's Inside:

 

> Welcome
> Peer Evaluation
> Our Conference
> Consultation
> Our Christmas
> Quotes from Young People

Welcome

Care Leavers National Movement is a growing movement of young people from House Projects across England and Scotland. Our Vision is to authentically engage young people to develop care leaving services.

We have four main aims:
  • Share successes
  • Raise challenges
  • Peer evaluate House Projects
  • Test new ideas
You can find out more about CLNM on our website here

Peer Evaluation

CLNM's Peer Evaluation of House Projects started in March this year when they designed their evaluation using the NHP Practice Framework ORCHIDS as their guide. They focused on three of the seven ORCHIDS (community, responsibility and independence) to create an interview guide and survey that would enable young people to understand what is working well in their House Project and what area's they would like to see improved. The findings from their evaluation clearly show the House Project approach is working and young people feel equal partners in shaping their House Projects.
 

"Community means family to me, where you respect each other"

 

"We all check on each other and make sure everyone is alright"

 

"We enjoy the House Project because we've got a bond, we didn't have that at the beginning"

 
The report identifies a number of recommendations, some for the NHP and some for Local House Projects. CLNM will be working with the NHP over the next 12 months to deliver on some of these recommendations, and in particular to develop a peer mentoring programme.

The Peer Evaluation report was warmly received by the Minister for Education, Nadhim Zahawi in October this year and CLNM are looking forward to sharing their plans with him.

CLNM are extremely proud of their Peer Evaluation and now have a benchmark for understanding how the development of House Projects is progressing. based on young peoples views. 
 
Read our full Peer Evaluation report here

Our Conference


CLNM planned and hosted their first ever Conference on Friday 22nd October at Hotel Football in Manchester to an audience of 170 people. The conference theme 'Community' was definitely the vibe of the day!

The conference brought together young people, House Projects, partners, researchers and civil servants to share their peer evaluation findings, celebrate their achievements/successes to date and share the CLNM vision -
 

'A platform that authentically engages young people in developing leaving care services through empowering them to positively challenges and influence'


CLNM spoke eloquently about how they became a movement, their plans for the future and engaged the audience in discussions around community. The key focus for the day was to share their Peer Evaluation findings and recommendations. Mark Warr, CEO and Sue Hammersley, Director of the NHP were invited to the stage to discuss the recommendations identified in the report to support improvements in House Projects. CLNM and the NHP will work together over the coming months to address these recommendations.

Nikita, CLNM representative from Midlothian House Project talked to our film crew on the day of the conference and said -
 

"I feel like a massive weight has been lifted and we've finally been heard"


Take a few minutes to read our press release and hit the button below to watch an amazing short film that shows the highlights of the Peer Evaluation process and conference.
Our Conference Video

Consultation

CLNM work with the NHP to develop the House Project Journey for all young people. They do this because of the ownership they feel over their House Projects and their understanding of the importance of co-design. Their work developing the NHP has been showcased across a number of platforms and this has enabled them to create a private consultation arm to their movement that is available to other organisations and/or charities. 

All work undertaken by CLNM is supported by Rosie Blackett, Young Persons Participation and Development Worker. Expert advisers are paid in accordance with the NHP sessional payment scheme and any additional funds are for CLNM to collectively decide how to spend.   

CLNM are a group of expert advisers in the area of care experience and recognise that this expertise is a sought after resource. Requests to consult with them are taken via there website. 
Request a consultation below

Our Christmas

Christmas for many is a lovely time of the year to build on relationships and share memories with loved ones. CLNM recognise that for many this isn't possible and have decided to bring their peers together from across the country to share a 'Family Christmas' at a cottage in the Peak District. CLNM will cook a Christmas meal together, decorate the cottage, share gifts and play endless amounts of Uno in front of the open fire. 

All these fantastic opportunities are only possible through the support of The National House Project, both financially and structurally. The NHP are a charity that relies on the generosity of others to support care leavers. From Tuesday 30th November – 7th December we are taking part in The Big Give #ChristmasChallenge21, where any donation you give will be matched. The money raised will be used for the Aspirational Awards. 
 

Make a donation and support care leavers like us to achieve our dreams.

ONE donation - TWICE the impact

Quotes from Young People

"Only shooting stars break the mold"
"Being part of CLNM means being part of a family"
“CLNM has helped me find my way in life
"Our conference made me feel like we had finally be heard"
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