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Source: City of Wakefield

​Wakefield Council is supporting National Care Leavers Week 2020 (26 Oct – 1 Nov) by showcasing and celebrating the successes of care leavers from across the district, and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

The focus this year is ‘aspiration’ and there will be a number of events and activities for young people to get involved in, both online and face to face. Activities include a film night, a ‘pub’ quiz, sports activities and a regional care leaver’s event.

There are also competitions for care leavers to design a Christmas card and for ‘Chef of the Year’.

The week also coincides with the launch of a new website for children in care and care leavers. ‘Care 4 Us’ is a place where they can find out more about the things that affect them as well as find out what’s on and how to get involved. It also celebrates their achievements, work, and creativity.

From start to finish, it has been designed, created, and curated with the involvement of children in care and care leavers. The website is split into different age categories, with information and support tailored to suit.

There is also a worker section, aimed at foster carers and children and young people staff with information and resources tailored for a professional standpoint in supporting children and young people. 

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It’s great that young people have the opportunity to take part in these activities and perhaps learn some new skills.

“Care leavers face many unique challenges as they enter adult life and our role is to support them to create a bright future for themselves.

“We want all young people in our district to be happy, healthy and safe, and we have good quality services in place to help them to achieve their potential – the new ‘Care 4 Us’ website will be a great resource and invaluable to many.”

For more information and full details about all the events and activities taking place, please visit https://care4us.co.uk/

Care leavers can enter the Christmas card competition at https://www.reesfoundation.org/arts-project.html or for ‘Chef of the Year’, make a five minute video creating a healthy meal for under £3 and send it to ypbmf@catch-22.org.uk. Entries must be received by 6pm on 26 October and winners will be announced during National Care Leavers Week.

Visit https://www.catch-22.org.uk/national-leaving-care-benchmarking-forum/ for more excellent resources for care leavers and those who support them.

Migration Yorkshire, in partnership with Wakefield Fostering, will be running a recruitment event for fostering and supported lodgings for unaccompanied asylum seeker children and young people. This will be streamed live via Migration Yorkshire and Fostering Wakefield’s Facebook page. Follow @roominwakefield on Facebook for further details.

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