Care Leavers National Movement has had a busy time over the past few months and is now hoping for a fantastic 2021. This newsletter is designed to update you on some of our activities, share our successes and encourage you to join our campaign for better outcomes for care leavers.
Care Leavers National Movement is a growing movement of young people from House Projects across the England and Scotland. We have four main aims-
Peer evaluate house projects
Test new ideas
A full overview of our movement can be found on our website here.
The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for everyone but our care leavers have shown resilience and compassion towards helping each other.
Meet our New Chair and Vice Chair
CLNM is chaired by one of our representatives every year. For the past 12 months it has been the fantastic Luke Fox. Due to Luke's new appointment as The National House Project's Business Admin Apprentice, he has stepped down from this role but will remain as one of our wonderful 'Founders'. Here is Luke's final thoughts on being the CLNM chair-
Our new CLNM Chair is Ibrahim from Islington House Project and vice chair is JJ from Rotherham House Project. Both were elected by our current representatives and are keen to get stuck in to achieving our aims. Ibrahim and JJ both stated:
"This year I to hope visit all CLNM reps across England and Scotland and support them as the voice of their House Project. Our goal is to improve outcomes for all care leavers" - Ibrahim.
"I wasn't expecting to be vice chair of CLNM, but I'm so glad I am as this will open up many doors for me" - JJ
Digital Poverty Campaign
Our digital poverty campaign continues to grow and build momentum. The digital divide between the most vulnerable in society is ever more visible thanks to the campaigning of so many different charities/organisations. We have been working hard with our friends over at Catch 22 to raise the profile of how digital poverty is effecting care leavers through their digital divide webinar that we recently spoke at.
We have also met with The British Youth Council to share our concerns over the lack of digital connectivity care leavers have which was fed in to their Big Conversation as digital poverty was one of their three topics for discussion. It is important to us as a movement that our voice in represented across as many areas as possible, helping us to change the negative narrative that surrounds care leavers.
We have recently put together a briefing pack for all MPs to debate the issue in Westminster Hall. All MPs across the country will be invited to take part in this debate which will be led my MP Craig Tracey- date to be announced.
Your support with our campaign is key to its success, please support us and sign/share our petition to give care leavers a real chance at living independent and fulfilling futures.
In addition we want to share best practice with you from our house projects on a monthly basis. See Januarys best practice over on our resource page here.
Scotland Join Care Leavers National Movement
Our movement is set grow as we recruit new reps from 11 House Projects across England and Scotland over the next few weeks. Fife House Project is the first in Scotland to elect their representative.
Fife House Project facilitator- Alicia, talks about the pride she feels for Fife House Project and the young people that make it -
"Its been very rewarding being apart of the first House Project in Scotland, and witnessing the journey of our young people from the start to them having their own home and gaining qualifications along the way"
Our first Scottish representative is supported by Alicia and wants to share his House Project journey to date with you.
Make a donation to the National House Project and support care leavers like us. £25 could provide monthly data to a young person to enable them to access college work and be connected to their friends and the outside world