New Belongings: In Focus

New Belongings is a three-year programme being delivered by Coram Voice. The programme works with eight local authorities in England, supporting them to engage care leavers in service improvements using a co-production approach. With funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Segelman Trust the programme began in July 2019 and will run until July 2022.

In this section we will be showcasing case studies highlighting work we have done with different local authorities in order to improve outcomes for care leavers.

You can also follow and join in on social media using the #NBInFocus hashtag.

Coventry: Making Christmas special for care leavers

The Coventry leaving care team supported care leavers at Christmas by distributing Christmas presents and stockings, organising activities including a treasure hunt, cooking Christmas dinner and getting in touch on Christmas day.

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Oldham: Trust in leaving care workers

Developing skills and opportunities to support relationship building between leaving care workers and care leavers

Oldham has used managed caseloads, trained their leaving care workers (personal advisers) in suicide prevention, as well as developed group activities with workers  to enable them to develop trusting relationships with their care leavers.





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Stockport Community Hubs

Run in conjunction with Stockport Homes, the “Stockport Community Hub” is a pilot scheme linking care leavers to community hubs in order to help them feel settled in their neighbourhoods and financially and practically supported.

The scheme links care leavers to a ‘local pantry’, which is a community food scheme where they can get free food. While there they can also access help from a variety of different volunteers, as well as opportunities to volunteer themselves.

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To find out about more about the New Belongings Programme or how you could use the principles to improve your services contact:

Ian Stewart-Watson, Programme Manager New Belongings:

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