Organisation Category: Health care and wellbeing
Our aim is to give young people in and leaving care the chance to do things for themselves and others. We do this through engaging young people in positive activities using outdoor activities, creative arts, sports and a range of projects designed to support young people’s social and emotional development. In partnership with Cornwall Council, we also deliver a Personal Advisor service to young people of 16 and above as they approach adulthood.
We enable young people to lead and plan activities and support their peers via our peer mentor scheme, sports and arts leaders and deliver programmes to older young people who need advice and guidance to be in employment, education and training.
Our youth work activities focus on working with groups of young people; we believe young people in and leaving care can struggle to form healthy relationships and manage themselves within their peer groups because of the breakdown of their first ever group ~ their family. By working in small groups & by celebrating the endings of each they can develop new healthy memories of being part of a group & go forward to form healthy relationships and be part of the wider community.
We work with young people who are, have been or are on the edge of care between the ages of 11 and 25. Our entry points are through a week-long Summer, Easter or October half-term programme or via our support to care leavers. Referrals can be made by young people, foster carers, social workers, PA’s and any other professional working with the young people.
Peer Mentors support our activities with young people 11-16 years and older care leavers. We see this internal support of young people, by young people as central to everything we do.
Our close work with the Council via the Personal Advisor service we deliver means that we can offer a range of activities to care leavers up to age 25, including support groups, chances to change and improve practice locally and nationally and help with education employment and training.
We accredit the majority of activities we do and currently use Ascentis (APTEd), Arts Awards, Duke of Edinburgh and Sports Leaders Award.
We welcome referral to our youth work activities from young people, social workers, foster carers, teachers and others, but the young person has to agree to becoming involved in our work and we also ask for social worker agreement.
Our Personal Advisor service has a statutory function and all young people 16+ as they approach leaving care are allocated a personal adviser to guide, support and ensure their well being. We are an independent Cornish charity but we work in close partnership with Cornwall Council and many other agencies.