Due to a lack of support networks for care leavers, moving from residential or foster care into independent living can be extremely challenging.
The most vulnerable young people in care are often forced to grow up too quickly. This can cause them to suffer from depression and anxiety whilst they are also being encouraged to live on their own with a limited support network.
The Citizens of the Future programme aims to up-skill care leavers in aspects of independent life. The programme will be run over 5 days and will include CV building workshops, employer and apprenticeship market stall events, housing and benefit advice sessions, teamwork and team building.
The programme aims to work with the most vulnerable young people in local communities and society with the defined aim of ‘inspiring young people today to build a strong community for tomorrow’.
After delegates have completed the week course, they will be matched with a Civil Service mentor. Their mentor will be a point of support for their professional development, working with them on CV building, work experience and interview preparation.
Becoming a mentor on this programme is a great opportunity to develop your skills whilst supporting the development of a young person in your community.
Please note - Full safeguarding and behaviour training will be provided by Telford and Wrekin council and all mentors require an enhanced DBS check.
Deadline Monday 28 January 2019.