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Thu, 4 Jun 2020
By Abbey Davies, Apprentice Care Leaver
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Port SunlightThis is my second blog during lockdown, and I can honestly say I am doing much better. I have now got a routine in order and I am genuinely happy and doing well.
Mon, 1 Jun 2020

We trust that you are all well, and you and those you know are, and remain to be in good health.

Coronavirus Questions and Answers: What you can and can't do

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as they can, for as many people as they can, as quickly and fairly as possible, in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

The government has published staying safe outside your home guidance on what the new rules mean in England.

Thu, 14 May 2020

We trust that you are all well, and you and those you know are, and remain to be in good health.

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) and the theme this year is KINDNESS. This week’s update has a focus on mental wellbeing resources that you will hopefully find useful.

10 ways to look after your mental health

Wed, 6 May 2020

New freephone number to support Wirral's young people

PhoneA dedicated helpline has been set up to help young people get through the Coronavirus pandemic. Open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, the number will offer advice to children who feel unsafe or have any worries at all.

Thu, 30 Apr 2020

We trust that you are all well, and you and those you know are, and remain to be in good health.

'Always Heard' Corum Voice helpline service continues to remain open and is delivering the same level of support as always.

Their helpline is free and available to all children in care, care leavers or the adults referring them; wanting to ensure that you can still rely on their helpline as the place where your voice is Always Heard.

 

Mon, 20 Apr 2020

Update from Barnardo's Wirral Advocacy and Independent Visitors Service (WAIV)

Advocacy Service

Although not currently able to provide face to face advocacy sessions, WAIV continues to support young people via phone, text, video calls, e-mail etc. They are talking to young people about their preferred method of communication and wherever possible making the necessary arrangements directly with them.

Independent Visitors Service

Thu, 16 Apr 2020

We trust that you are all well, and you and those you know are, and remain to be in good health.

A huge ‘Thank you’ to you all for continuing to follow the government guidance by staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives. 

The UK government has announced an extension to their guidance, due to warnings that it is still too soon to start easing restrictions. 

The main instruction for us all to follow will therefore remain the same; for us to stay at home. Home is the place where you are currently living.

Wed, 15 Apr 2020

Virtual connection

Tue, 7 Apr 2020

Fake news is the spreading of news stories online that are invented, twist the facts, or are not news at all but made to look as if they are.  With so much information coming from a wide range of sources it can be hard to know which are true and trustworthy.  

Misinformation can lead children and young people to believe something about the world that can have a negative impact on their wellbeing, causing confusion about what they see online and increasing anxieties about being misled to believe something that isn’t true.

Tue, 7 Apr 2020

We trust that you are all well, and you and those you know are, and remain to be in good health.

By Beth, member of the Care Leavers Council

“We are entering week three of full isolation and weirdly I’ve coped a lot better than both myself and everyone around me thought I would. Everyone who knows me knows I’m never in my flat and always with my friends as we are constantly doing one thing or another, so being stuck alone in my flat I honestly didn’t think I would be able to cope.

Fri, 3 Apr 2020
 

We trust that you are all well, and you and those you know are, and remain to be in good health.

Fri, 27 Mar 2020
We trust that you are all well, and you and those you know are, and remain to be in good health.
 
The government is continually assessing what we can all do to slow the spread of COVID – 19
(Coronavirus) and on writing this, the main instruction for us all to follow is to stay at home. Home
is the place where you are currently living.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020

Happy Half Term!

During your break, we would like to hear about some of your experiences in school as a young person in care.

Whether you are in school now or as a Care Leaver have moved on, we would appreciate it if you could take a minute to answer a few important questions by clicking on the link below. 

You are important and what you have to say matters :-)

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YM59FLT

Thank you

Tue, 7 Jan 2020
  • Are you a Care Leaver who enjoys playing football?
  • Would you like to be part of a local team that will annually take part in the North West Care Leavers football tournament?
  • Do you have a couple of hours to spare a month? (early evening, fortnightly)

Please contact Julie Smith by email: juliesmith1@wirral.gov.uk or text/call: 07733 012 465 if you would like to get involved.

Fri, 29 Nov 2019

Wirral Children's Services are currently undertaking some work that focuses on improving the help and support Children Looked After and Care Leavers receive from Mental Health Services. We would like you to have your say and be involved in the decisions that are being made in the design of this new service.

Please click on the relevant link to share your views.

What you think is important and what you have to say matters.

Mon, 4 Nov 2019

Last week, care leavers in Wirral were invited to enjoy a range of activities and events in celebration of National Care Leavers' Week.

Including pamper sessions, bowling, a bake-off, karting and a trip to Alton Towers - events were designed to bring young people together while offering them a listening ear if needed - and most of all the opportunity to have fun and show off their talents.

Care leavers chose which activities they wanted to take part in, and each were given a unique raffle number with the chance to win vouchers up to the value of £50.

Thu, 17 Oct 2019

'My Memories' is an online tool, much like an online memory box, that allows you to record your views and experiences whilst being in care. You can use it to upload photos, videos, documents and other items that are personal and important to you that you want to keep safe.

Fri, 4 Oct 2019

My Monsters

By Millie

Aged 8

I have monsters that live in my tummy,

They jump up and down and make me feel funny.

 

When I was taken from my mummy, those monsters danced,

they made me feel sad and horribly funny.

 

When I got scared, they comeback,

They dance in my belly and make it feel like jelly,

They twist and turn and wibble and wobble,

And the feelings in-side are just horrible.

 

At my new home they don’t dance like they did,

Thu, 26 Sep 2019

Members of the Children in Care Council wanted to reach out to children and young people have who have recently come into care and have made this fantastic video.  We hope you enjoy it!

 
Wed, 25 Sep 2019

Wirral Fostering Service invites you to join us for a night under the moon where you can meet the team and shed some light on how we may be able to improve our service!

When: 29th October 2019, 5.30pm – 7pm
Location: Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Square, CH41 5BR
All ages welcome!

Wed, 21 Aug 2019

On Friday 23rd and 30th August Wirral’s Children Looked After aged 8-14 years are invited to join us for games, a movie, hot dogs, popcorn, and various other snacks. There will also be some care leavers in attendance on the day who would welcome the opportunity to speak with you to hear about your own views and experiences of being in care.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019

The review, which runs throughout summer, and up until 20th September is looking to gather opinions on the current activities and support services that are available to young people in Wirral, as well as asking them what they would like to see and do in the future.

The consultation has been shaped through engagement with staff who work with young people and is being checked every step of the way by young people themselves.

Fri, 7 Jun 2019

What is Contextual Safeguarding?

Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understand, and respond to, young people's experiences of significant harm when away from their families and outside the home. 

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) would like to hear your views and experiences about the issues that you face when you are out and about in Wirral and the places in Wirral where you feel unsafe.  This will help them to understand the contextual safeguarding risks and focusing on the areas identified, help you to feel safer.

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