PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK.
CARE LEAVERS MUST CONTACT THEIR PA OR SOCIAL WORKER DIRECTLY AS THERE IS CURRENTLY A REDUCED SERVICE
Please keep checking this section, it will be updated regularly.
The first point of support for all care leavers is your PA or Social worker who can both support you through this time. However, below is some information and opportunities that you might find useful.
The dedicated ‘Coronavirus’ section is updated regularly with Government guidance and you will also be able to browse and access a wealth of relevant and timely information. It provides a link to the:
The Childcare & Families Coronavirus page providing information and links particularly relevant for staff working with children and families. This provides a link to the:
The SEND Local Offer – Coronavirus pages providing information about the SEND Local Offer during the Coronavirus pandemic
Whilst you are stuck at home, why not get a qualification, a guaranteed job interview and £50 on completion of the online course. Sound good?
Back2Work Complete training offer free online courses for young people. The courses are fully supported by a tutor and resources online. They take a maximum of 2 weeks to complete.
The first course is an accredited ETA Level 1 diploma in Supply Chain & Logistics (Warehousing). All people who complete the course will get a guaranteed job interview with an employer and £50 payment. Some of the employers they work with include Tesco, Amazon and JD Sports.
The Courses are free as they are funded via the Government but there are some eligibility criteria:
- Be born before 31st August 2000
- Must have lived in the UK/EU for minimum last 3 years
- Must have a National Insurance Number
- Must have right to live and work in the UK
- Not currently enrolled on any other government funded provision
- Access to an internet enabled device (recommended PC or laptop).
- Have a basic IT knowledge to be able to access the course online and to be able to submit word processed coursework.
Contact for further info: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 07971754635. Please speak to your PA about supporting you with this if you are interested in undertaking this training.
Other courses in health and social care, industrial cleaning and infection control will go live in a few weeks time.
OUR MEETINGS AND FORUMS ARE NOW VIRTUAL:
Care Leaver Forum:
The Care Leaver Forum will continue using Zoom as an online meeting platform. The meetings are held fortnightly on a Wednesday at 5pm (meeting planned for 22nd . The Forum will give you a chance to connect to other care leavers, staff and discuss current issues, support on offer and opportunities available. Please contact Heather Walton or Jane Hayes for more details and how to join the meeting. (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Youth Cabinet and Youth Climate Group:
Bury’s Youth Cabinet and Youth Climate group have merged and are meeting on Tuesday’s at 4pm. These meetings provide young people with the opportunity to connect with one another, to reflect on the current situation, to offer insights into how they can support one another and how services can support them. They always include a debate the most recent of which was “Should exams be cancelled next year?” The virtual meetings are averaging attendance of 10 young people and various elected members including the mayor. The young people asked if it would be possible for The Participation team to organise some online learning and requested sign language as the first course. The group now meet for 30 minutes three times a week to learn British sign language. Contact Heather Walton for more details email@example.com
Children in Care Council
The Participation team work in partnership with Bury Children’s rights to support the running of the Children in Care Council. The young people involved said they would like the opportunity to meet together weekly via Zoom. Virtual CiCC meetings are held on Fridays at 4pm and have an average attendance of 9 young people. Young people have connected with one another, played games and talked about the current situation, how they are feeling and what they hope the future will look like. Contact Heather or Mike for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
The Children in Care Council Meetings are also continuing as virtual meetings. Please Bury Children’s Rights are continuing to ensure they gain the views of our young people during the current situation. At present the service has adopted new technologies to engage our young people such as:-
- The use of face to face video meetings through WhatsApp, Skype and Zoom. This technology is allowing us to hold face to face meetings with our young people enabling them to voice their views and continue to build up a trusting relationship with their children’s rights worker.
- The service are continuing to offer 1-2-1 advocacy to our young people through video messaging, texts or telephone, depending on how the young people prefer to communicate.
- Missing from home visits continue, utilising all of the above technology. This is by far the hardest piece of work as young people are reluctant to discuss the reasons for their missing’s. The biggest reason for our young people to go missing at the moment is due to the lock down.
- Independent visitors are continuing to offer support via telephone. Our volunteers report that this going well as they already have a pre-established relationship. Our young people are using this as an outlet to just talk and do something different whilst in lockdown.
- Children in Care Council continue to meet weekly via Zoom. There have been an average of around 9 young people each time, with lots of different activities on offer for them to do. Feedback from the NW regional group of participation groups shows that Bury have the largest number of young people engaging with CiCC both during the lockdown through our virtual meetings, and at times of normality with our face to face group work. This is fantastic and a credit to our very dedicated worker across Bury Children’s Rights and IYSS.
- Mind of my own app has seen an increase in young person accounts. This has been rolled out to further to Early Help, Young Carers (who are using it very well) and the SKIL team. Unfortunately Social care are still not making the best use of this app even though the feedback from other sectors highlight how good the app is for our young people during this uncertain time.
- The service are also utilising conference calls, and video conferencing facilities to hold review meetings, strategy meeting and Team meetings.
More information on Bury Children’s Rights can be obtained from Mike Nichols on firstname.lastname@example.org
Six Town Housing Tenants
For any concerns in respect of families who are tenants of Six Town Housing, the STH contact centre is still open (remotely) – click on the link. STH staff are carrying out regular checks on tenants offering reassurance and offering/signposting to help and completing emergency repairs and compliance (gas/electric/water) checks.
Although its centre is closed Bury2Gether is contactable for families via email and social media. They are also sharing information from the government/local authority via our website and social media. Contact details are: website: www.bury2gether.co.uk Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BURY2GETHER Facebook group for parents/carers www.facebook.com/groups/Bury2Gether Email email@example.com
Young People with SEND
Andy Smith, Advocate & Inclusion Ambassador in Children’s Services is setting up weekly zoom meetings for SEND young people where they can just have a chat, offer support to each other or just have a bit of fun! If people (professionals or parents) would like more information about this or other coronavirus related support, they can email Andy at Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Wellbeing Hub
The Bury Directory has a new ‘Health & Wellbeing Hub’ where you can discuss health & wellbeing topics with others, browse health & wellbeing news, access a range of free and funded learning opportunities and share useful resources.
Princes Trust Course
Princes Trust still have some places available for the Get Started with Digital Skills a new online course with Buzz Academy for young people age 16-25 who are NEET. The course will cover a wide range of digital and soft skills and lead to accredited certification in digital skills. The course runs from 27 April – 1 May and places must be confirmed by this Friday morning, 24 April at the latest. Contact Phil: Phillip.Johnson@princes-trust.org.uk or text ‘Tech’ to 07425 632065
Anne Gent, Partnership Manager, DWP Greater Manchester has sent information about the Jobcentre Twitter account which provides a regular stream of local vacancies and supportive information online to help people prepare for work, seven days a week. The local account is @JCPinManchester. It isn’t necessary to register on Twitter to view the information. For those less familiar with Twitter as a social media platform, please see the attached ‘How to Use Twitter to look for Jobs’ handout.
Click on the links for information published by the Dept Work & Pensions on 8 April:
- Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click on the link
- Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on the link
- Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on the link
- Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on the link
- People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim. Click on the link
- You can get up-to-date information from the DWP about work, working age benefits, pensions and services at their Touchbase site at this link . For example, the latest edition of Touchbase includes DWP information about Domestic Abuse support and Reducing Parental Conflict.
Online course opportunities
As part of the Adult Education Budget, Maximus Training, in partnership with GMCA and Rochdale Training, is offering fully funded training courses to residents of Greater Manchester (subject to eligibility). All qualifications are available online and learners will be guided by trainers who will make themselves available via a method that suits them. Trainers are available via skype, zoom, teams, emails, phone calls or texts. Participants need to be 19 or over, reside in the Greater Manchester Area, and not be in education, employment or training. Click on the link for more information or e-mail email@example.com for a copy of the courses including Maths, English, Health & Wellbeing, Customer Service, Retail, IT/Digital and Administration.
lick on the links to the following organisations that are providing updated bereavement advice and information for children and families in the light of Covid 19: the Child Bereavement Network and Cruse Bereavement Care . For general advice click on the link to NHS.UK website
You can get a daily free David Walliams audio story for children at this link: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ and you will also find a link t catch up with stories from previous days.
In an effort to make quarantine a bit easier, Audible audio book platform is making a vast selection of its titles available to listen to for free. A mix of classics, education and entertainment books will remain free to stream for anyone for as long as schools are closed. Go to https://stories.audible.com/ (Council staff may not be able to access due to IT restrictions).
The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list of books for children who are worried or anxious. Our free information service remains open, and can provide reading lists and help you to find information on safeguarding topics. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link to the reading list.
Support with Energy Bills
nergy companies may be able to help those on a pre pay meter or smart meter if they are self-isolating and unable to get out of the house to top up. Most are offering to send 2 weeks’ worth of gas/electricity if a customer has no other options or support in making a payment. Some companies are also sending out pre-loaded smart cards for those in need.
- British Gas 0333 202 9802
- EDF 0333 200 5100
- EON 0345 052 000
- Npower 0800 073 3000
- Scottish Power 0800 027 0072
- SSE 0345 026 2658
Click on the link to GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) for information on new mental health services for people across Greater Manchester affected by social restrictions to complement local support. You can also click on the Bury Directory Mental Wellbeing and Coronavirus page.
FOLLOWING REGULAR EVENTS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD:
GMYN Care Experienced Young People Programme Spring 2020
Get involved in Cooking for the Community. Every week we will be cooking a new dish and donating our food to different areas of need within the community.
- Meet new people
- Enhance your culinary skills
- Learn new recipes
- Give back to your community
- Enhance your CV
Date & Time: Fridays 4-6pm from 17th April
Location: New Kershaw Centre Travel expenses and refreshments provided.
For more information contact Rachael on 07592886665 or email@example.com
More infomration on this programme in the Downloads section.
Youth Activities at The Phoenix Centre
The Phoenix Centre, St Mary’s Park, Prestwich run a range of free and inclusive youth activities. Click on the link to find more information.
Greater Manchester Youth Network Careers drop in for care leavers in Bury
Thursdays 230-4pm, New Kershaw Centre.
Come and have a chat about your future and look at options for placements, careers, applying for jobs, finding training, CV writing and volunteering. See the leaflet in the downloads on the left hand side.
Wheels for All
Wheels for All are now running sessions every week on Mondays and Thursdays from 11am – 2pm at Clarence Park. For more information, click on the link
Aged 16-25? Do you want young people to get the mental health care they deserve? Interested in being part of that change? Get your voice heard by the people that make decisions in Greater Manchester!
You’ll meet once a month with other young people from around Greater Manchester, look at different areas of Mental Health and wellbeing and you will ensure that young people’s thoughts and views are represented at a strategic level.
Location : Prince’s Trust, Beehive Mill, Jersey St, Manchester M4 6JG
Meeting 3rd Thursday of the month, 5.30pm – 8pm, Food and public transport travel reimbursement provided
Call: 01744 810838 Email: BeeHeardMH@youthfocusnw.org.uk Social Media @BeeHeardMH
More information in the downloads section.
‘Steps to Success
The Steps to Success project aims to support our Six town Housing tenants to help them achieve their own personal success / aspirations. Whether that is engaging in community activities, accessing training, education, apprenticeships, work placements volunteering or employment – we provide the support and are taking a different approach to achieving this.
We are not only looking to engage those who want to go into employment / training etc but provide a broader, more inclusive offer to all our tenants which is bespoke to their strengths / interests / needs.
We will be looking to support tenants to:
- Connect with community groups
- Reduce isolation
- Grow a social & support network
- Build confidence
- Develop basic skills
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Identify strengths / potential / hidden skills & find provision for them to flourish
- Access Volunteering opportunities
- Engage with bespoke opportunities / activities
This includes a comprehensive training programme for 2020 which will include both bespoke and accredited training courses. (Soon to be Announced)
We are keen to open our Steps to Success offer to Care Leavers. Our internal training plan ring-fences positions on courses for Care Leavers so they can access the training free of cost. We are also currently in the process of developing our Steps Youth Programme which coincides with our newly appointed Care Leaver Tenancy Sustainment Support Officer to provide Care Leavers the right, bespoke provision for them. For more information and contact details visit https://www.stepstosuccessuk.co.uk/about-us/
Click on the link to Bury2Gether for a list of upcoming events and workshops for children with SEND and their families.
Fit and Fed Programme
Are you interested in volunteering in the community? Are you interested in working with families in Bury to offer fun activities? Are you interested in setting up your own enterprise or a career in leisure? Maybe the Fit and Fed Programme is for you. You can volunteer at a time that suits you and there is a variety of experiences on offer. You can also get a qualification whilst volunteering. See the booklet in the downloads section for more information. Contact Mark Withington for more information on 0161 253 6642 or firstname.lastname@example.org
General events for young people:
Young People age 14-19 who want to learn new skills, meet new people and work together to make change where they live are invited to take part of Youth Co-Operative Action run by The Co-operative College in partnership with GM Youth Network (GMYN) YCA is a youth social action project aiming to tackle youth loneliness, isolation and other issues by teaching participants about co-operative values, community reporting and social action and encouraging participants to engage in their local communities. The project for Bury young people takes place every Thursday from 4.30-6.30pm (excluding school holidays) at the Phoenix Youth Centre, St Mary’s Park, St Mary’s Road, Prestwich, M25 1GG. For more information, please contact Daniel on 0741 937 4241 or email@example.com
- Duty Worker available every weekday 9am-5pm at The New Kershaw Centre
- Social Care CAMHS Drop-in session every Wednesday 10am-3pm at the New Kershaw Centre
- Nurse Drop-in every Monday 1pm-4pm at the New Kershaw Centre
Care Leaver Forum
The Care Leaver Forum is a chance to meet other care leavers and have your say. It takes place at The New Kershaw Centre the second Wednesday of every month from 4.30-7pm, food and refreshments available. Speak to your PA to find out more.
Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN)
Social Action Project sessions held at the New Kershaw Centre. The meetings are usually held weekly 11am-3pm. For dates and more information, please speak to your Personal Adviser.
Children in Care Council (CICC)
These meetings are held regularly at the New Kershaw Centre from 4pm-5.30pm. For dates and more information, please speak to your Personal Adviser.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Tenancy Ready Course
To be held at the New Kershaw Centre. For more information please speak to your Personal Adviser.
Achieve and Believe Awards
The next Annual Children and Young People in Care and Care Leavers Awards Ceremony will be held in October 2020. Please speak to your Personal Adviser for more information
Care Leavers Bench Marking Forum
Please speak to your Personal Adviser for more information
Bury Corporate Parenting Awareness Week campaign
Runs in November each year. This is a week of awareness raising activities and promotion. More details to follow. Speak to your Personal Adviser for more information
Run throughout the year. Some examples of these are trips to the Donkey Sanctuary and Boost Sessions.
Looking for something else? Want to know what is going on in Bury? Why not take a look at The Bury Directory 'What's On' page here!