Highlighting work to support youngsters

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Support is being offered to young people leaving care.

A series of activities have been lined up in North Tyneside as part of National Care Leavers’ Week, which runs from October 21 to 27.

North Tyneside Council is currently working with 173 young people who are leaving the care system and beginning a new life as independent adults.

The week highlights the needs of Care Leavers, and encourages the agencies responsible for looking after them to work in an effective and co-ordinated way.

Events during the week range from quizzes and a residential weekend on Coniston Water with other young people from the region to more serious awareness raising and influencing work.

To end the week senior council officers are taking part in the £3 meal challenge – making a tasty and nutritious meal for just £3 which is the amount that care leavers usually have left out of their living allowance to pay for food each day.

The young people will eat the lunch and then give their opinions on it.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Supporting young people who are leaving care and making the transition into independent living is a really important role of the local authority, and one we take extremely seriously.

“National Care Leavers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the many difficult challenges facing these young people and hopefully the events that are taking place next week will prove both fun and thought provoking, for all those who take part.”

In North Tyneside the Children in Care Council (CiCC) and Care Leavers Council (CLC) are working on improving the Leaving Care system. The work will feed into their overall campaign which will be launched later in the year.

Additionally over the week a number of Care Leavers will be working with Curious Monkey and Northern Stage who are making a new play telling the stories of young people Leaving Care and has been organised by the RHELAC (Raising Health and Education of Looked After Children) team.