Get involved in your community
We want our care leavers to be active members of society, and to have all the chances in life that other young adults have. With our support, we encourage you to:
- providing information on groups and clubs you may wish to join
- informing you about relevant awards, schemes and competitions you can enter, in line with your talents and interests
- encouraging and helping you to enrol on the Electoral Register, so you can vote in elections
- informing you about voluntary work that we think you may be interested in
- informing and possibly helping with the cost of leisure activities
- giving you advice and helping you to challenge any discrimination you face as a care leaver.
Volunteering allows you to:
- meet new people and make friends
- gain skills for work and life
- improve your job prospects
- find out more about work you may be interested in
- gain confidence and self-esteem
Cheshire West and Chester Children’s Services
The service has a Participation Team who will offer you advice and support to get involved in activities and clubs in your local area. You can contact them:
Heather Cantrill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Brooman: email@example.com
The Leaving Care Team
This team work with the Youth Service and Cheshire Food bank, who provide care leavers with volunteer experience that gives young people a gentle opening into the workplace and can act as a confidence builder to giving a young people the preparation and self-belief to start applying for paid employment.
Find out about volunteering opportunities through:
- National Citizen Service (NCS) if you're 15 to 17-years-old; this is a two to four-week-programme that takes place outside term time and builds skills for work and life
- VInspired; a charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer
- By getting involved in activities and groups for young people.
- Attending courses that can involve volunteering
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award gives young people aged 14 to 24 the chance to develop skills for work and life. You can take part in a range of activities, including volunteering, that lead to achieving an award.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Prince's Trust helps young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education or training. The Trust can help find a programme to
Children in Care Council
As a care leaver why not join our Children in Care Council? You will:
- make new friends
- contribute to service development and improvement for other young people in care
- take part in fun activities and social events
- be involved in the recruitment of Social Workers;
- get involved in training events in the Council.
There are three Children in Care Councils:
- Young Voices (aged 5 to 9 years);
- Younger Children in Care Council (aged 10 to 15 years);
- Older children in Care Council (aged 16 to 21 years).
Children in Care Council
Care Leaver social events
Care leavers who took part in the consultation process for developing this Local Offer to Care Leavers policy stated that they would like to have some social events through the year. So, a calendar of events is being planned and will be placed on the Cheshire West and Chester website, Children in Care section.
Children in Care Council
The Youth Service provides social and activities-based opportunities for 13 to 19-year-olds (25 years if SEND). The Service’s vision is that young people are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes to fulfill their potential and thrive.
Try a new skill, find help, have fun, make new friends and discover a range of new experiences - designed for young people just like you.
Employment support is offered if you want training for a job, help with writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV), support in joining a youth club, or guidance with volunteering opportunities.
Perhaps you are struggling to build your confidence, or need someone to talk to? Our Direct Delivery team offers a range of personal and social development programmes suited to you, to ensure you can discover and maximise your potential. They include:
- Personal programmes.
- Access to the National Citizen Service.
The Youth Senate offers the opportunity for young people to engage and participate in democratic processes at a local, regional and national level. It ensures young people have a voice and are empowered to influence the design and delivery of services.
United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a programme run by the British Youth Council. They provide opportunities for 11 to 18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
Every year Cheshire West’s young people elect;
- two members of UK Youth Parliament (MYP);
- two deputy members of Youth Parliament (DMYP).
These members represent Cheshire West and Chester nationally. They attend national events throughout the year including;
- the UK Youth Parliament's annual sitting;
- the annual House of Commons debate.
Youth Poverty Truth Commission
The West Cheshire and Chester Poverty Truth Commission – has direct expertise in poverty and looking at ways to improve services and processes. The Commission empowers individuals to have a voice, it influences national policy and makes a difference locally. To find out more go to, website:
Poverty Truth Commission