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March Newsletter


The Care Leavers National Movement (CLNM) have again had a busy few months - reviewing the recommendations from their Peer Evaluation of House Projects and sharing this with the Minister for Children and Families, supporting The National House Project at their conference earlier this month and planning our new regional CLNM structure.

What's Inside:

 

> Welcome
> Who are CLNM
> CLNM meet the Minister
> NHP Conference
> Our Partners
> Aspirational Awards
> A Message from our CLNM Chairs

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

Who are CLNM

Care Leavers National Movement is made up of young people representing every Local House Project across England and Scotland. Coming together as a collective group enables us to have a strong clear voice and create platforms for that voice to be heard. We use these platforms to change the often negative narrative that sits around children in care and care leavers to one that is strong and positive. Our founders, with the support of NHP staff, created CLNM and along with House Project representatives and champions they remain at the heart of everything we do.

As the House Project community grows, we have an increasing number of representatives. In order to make sure that there is the time and space for every individual voice and project to be heard we have taken the decision to move to a regional structure. We will initially have two regions – North and South - with Nikita chairing the North region and Katie chairing the South. The regional meetings will take place every 6 weeks and consider operational matters. The regions will elect representatives to join the national group which will look at the themes arising from across the UK and consider strategies to address these. Regional meetings will take place in Fife, London and Crewe. National meetings will take place in the Peak District at a wonderful venue provided by our good friends - The Backdane Trust. Our first regional meetings take place at the end of March which we are all very excited about.

We are a continually growing movement of young people and we invite you to come and meet us here.
Meet us here

CLNM meet the Children's Minister

Following the completion of our Peer Evaluation and the delivery of its findings at our conference last year, we were invited to meet with The Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince, and members of the Care Leaver Policy Team at the DfE. The visit took place last month and the reality of what this actually meant is only just starting to properly sink in. We designed the Peer Evaluation, carried it out, analysed the findings, contributed to writing the report, presented the findings and then discussed the findings with a government Minister - not only did we have a voice but we had a platform from which that voice could be heard. This was us achieving our vision:

CLNM’s vision is to have a platform that authentically engages young people in developing care leaving services. By empowering and supporting care leavers within House Projects to positively challenge and influence leaving care services on a local and national level, we can improve outcomes for young people leaving care across the country.

Whilst in London we also visited our friends and supporters from The Segelmen Trust and Greenwood Place at the fantastic Somerset House. Thank you so much – we had a great time.

Our CEO Mark Warr and Director Sue Hammersley wrote an amazing blog about the day for you to read here.
 
CLNM Visit the Children and Families Minister

NHP Conference

CLNM were delighted to co-host The National House Project conference - 'Changing the Narrative' which took place on 4th March and our regional chair from the South, Katie, did a fantastic job co-hosting with Mark Warr (NHP CEO). Other members of CLNM - Nathan, Marshall, Luke, Shawna, JJ, Byron, Sophie and Sean also made great contributions and played a big part in the conference being such a great success.

CLNM talked to an audience of around 150 people about their Peer Evaluation, in particular the recommendations that came from it.

Key speakers at the conference were fantastic, in particular Heather Coady - Independent consultant, Saeed Atcha - MBE DL and Mark Riddell - MBE National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers. All are care experienced professionals, role modelling how successful care leavers can be supported and believed in.

As Saeed said:
 

'I shout loud and proud about my care experience, it made me who I am'


To find out more about the conference, click the button below
Conference Update

Our Partners

Massive shout to our partners who amongst others have supported The National House Project and CLNM over the past few months.


Segelman Trust
MadLug
Suited and Booted
Reconomy

Learning Foundation
Metro Bank

Aspirational Awards

Aspirational Awards are due to launch on Friday 1st April 2022.

Any House Project young person who has been living in their own home for 6 months or more can apply for a financial award to help them achieve an ambition or dream that will have a lasting impact on their lives.

The awards have been designed collaboratively by CLNM, NHP and partners. As well as the general awards there will be a specific award for young people wanting to start their own business. The Reconomy Entrepreneurial Award will consist of a financial award as well as coaching and mentoring from a member of their staff. Reconomy have been a huge supporter of House Projects, and this is another example of the strong belief that they have, that young people can achieve their ambitions with the right financial, practical and emotional support in place. What a fantastic opportunity.

The first panel will meet to consider all applications on 5th May 2022 and the successful applicants will receive their awards shortly after this.
 

'Lots of young people have the opportunity to turn to 'The Bank of Mum and Dad' to help them financially but we quite often don't so the Aspirational Awards are really exciting as we get this opportunity too'

A Message from our CLNM Chairs

Katie (above) from Warwickshire House Project and the Chair of the South region of CLNM.
Nikita (above) from Midlothian House Project and the Chair of the North region of CLNM.
'We would like to thank you all for being part of the CLNM journey and for supporting us to change, what is quite often a negative Care Leaver narrative to one that is much more positive and reflects the amazing young adults we are.'

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