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Break's Moving On Team shortlisted for Children & Young People Now Award

Break's Moving On Team shortlisted for national Award

Norfolk based children’s charity Break is delighted to announce that its Moving On Team has been shortlisted for a national award from Children & Young People Now in the Leaving Care Category, against extremely tough competition.

The Children & Young People Now Awards have become the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. Now in their twelfth year, these awards provide a great source of pride and recognition for all those who strive day in, day out, to improve the lives of others. They offer an opportunity to raise the profile of projects and initiatives to funders and the general public.

Break has a lifelong commitment to supporting our care leavers that have lived in our children's homes and the Moving On Team is fully funded by charitable giving to support these vulnerable young people so that they have the best chance of achieving their potential and their dreams.

At present 50 young care leavers have practical and emotional support from people they know and trust but we have many more who still come back to us when they need us.  Break’s transition support workers and volunteer mentors offer guidance, support and practical advice whenever the care leavers need it and for as long as they need it.

MOT Team 2017

Break’s Moving On Team get to know the young people before they leave the children’s home and together they create a plan for their future based on what the young person wants to achieve and the skills they need to learn.  The Team then supports the young person to achieve their goals, develop the skills they need into adulthood, and manage all the small and large challenges that arise during the transition.

CEO Hilary Richards says “We are thrilled that the work of our Moving On Team has been recognised for the very specialised work that they do. Our whole ethos is to support our young people for as long as they need us and give them the confidence and resilience to face the next stage of their lives”.

The Moving On Team was created by Break to support care leavers and to help them to create positive futures for themselves and is entirely funded by charitable support from a wide range of corporate, community and individual fundraising support.

Break has recently been awarded a Department for Education grant for £1.3 million to improve services for children leaving care in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The grant comes from the Children’s Social Care Innovation Fund which aims to develop more effective ways of supporting vulnerable children, specifically those leaving children’s homes.  The funding will pay for a pilot project in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to test out effective ways to support children leaving care over the next two and a half years.

Regional children’s charity Break has been changing young lives across East Anglia for 50 years. We support children and young people in care, young care leavers, children and young people with disabilities and families experiencing crisis.  We help vulnerable children and young people, however they need us, to have a safe place to call home, to grow in confidence and be ready to face life’s challenges.

 

The awards ceremony is on 22 November 2017 at the Lancaster, London.

 

Case Studies

Shaun lived in residential care until the age of 18. He suffers from a number of mental and physical conditions which affect his mobility, concentration and memory and have a considerable negative impact in his motivation. However, Shaun has been helped by his transition worker to move into independent accommodation. He has completed an apprenticeship and is currently being encouraged to get involved with volunteering to increase his employability and motivation. Shaun is also receiving support with money management. A mentor is also helping him to think about his future and set long term goals.

 

Michael currently lives in one of Break’s Moving on Houses where he is supported by a transition worker who is helping him to become more independent by teaching him practical skills such as cooking and cleaning. With support Michael has also managed to secure a job and is managing to overcome issues with building and maintaining relationships. He is developing social skills, learning to control his behaviour and is developing maturity in his ability to handle himself and others in social situations. With assistance from his transition worker, he hopes to move into independent accommodation soon.

 

Carl moved from supported housing to independent accommodation with the support of his transition worker and mentor. Carl settled in well but suffers with depression and struggles to spend time alone and allows friends to regularly stay with him. His transition worker is helping him to set boundaries to ensure friends do not take advantage of his situation. Carl is also being encouraged to explore volunteering and training to improve his self-esteem.  Carl’s transition worker and mentor are also providing vital support in other areas such as family life and relationships and are looking to increase his confidence to help him continue to make positive steps.

 

 

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young care leavers supported by our Moving on Team

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