Ways to have your say if you are in care or a care leaver

 

Have a voice council (ages 12-18)

The Have a Voice Council are a group of young people who are looked after in Leeds. They meet once a month on a Wednesday night in Leeds City Centre. The group is all about meeting new people, learning new skills and most importantly - about making the social care system better in Leeds.
 
Members of the Have a Voice Council regularly meet with the people who make decisions and can make changes happen. They also get involved with things like planning the annual STARS Awards ceremony, helping to design and improve leaflets for children in care and encouraging other young people to make their voices heard.
 
Every year, the Have a Voice Council get to "take over" the Corporate Parenting Board meeting and have the opportunity to tell all the social care bosses what needs to be improved and why.
 
Refreshments are provided at each meeting and transport costs are covered. If you, or someone you know would like to get involved simply email vic@leeds.gov.uk and we will send you all the details.
 

Care leavers council (ages 16-25)

The Care Leavers Council is a  group of young people who have all experienced being in care. The aim of the group is to improve the services care leavers receive from Leeds City Council, and to help make the difficult transition from care to independence a better experience for all young people. The group meets every two weeks on a once a month on a Wednesday near the city centre where there is a free crèche facility available for any young parents who wish to attend.
 
Members of the Care Leavers Council have the opportunity to get involved in loads of things such as; training foster carers, attending meetings with social work managers and improving local services and organisations.
 
Refreshments are provided at each meeting and transport costs are covered. If you, or someone you know would like to get involved simply email vic@leeds.gov.uk and we will send you all the details.
 
If you would rather speak to someone about joining either of these groups, you can phone Richard on 07891 277433
 

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