NCLW Programme

National Care Leavers' Week

Ocotber 25th - November 3rd

sample events below. local and regional events take place all around the UK. email or tweet us details of yours and we will include these on events page
Event Location Cost/Attendees Time Details/Contact/Booking
Oct 25th In Scotland the TIME TO SHINE festival runs from 20th Oct - 1st Nov featuring a wide range of events, activities and celebrations various Care leavers and all those working with care leavers in Scotland various
Oct 25th APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers focus: Sir Martin Narey’s Fostering Stocktake in England Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, London SW1A Free to attend but registration is necessary as places limited 5.30-7.00pm   
020 7251 3117
Oct 25th Your Life Your Story The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities & Rees The Care Leavers Foundation present a three day residential writing workshop for care leavers led by leading care leaver authors PETT, Church Lane, Cheltenham, Glouscestershire GL54 5DQ
Free to attend but places are limited. Enquire up to two days before event for possible cancellations 10.00am Oct 24th - 4.30pm Oct 26th
Oct 30th National Care Leavers’ Week Conference ‘TOGETHER’ National STEM Centre, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD Care leavers, carers, professionals, policy makers and researchers.
£0 - £35.00 Free places & concessions available
9.15 - 4.45pm
Oct 30th BECOME Coaching Programme Open Evening 15 - 18 White Lion Street, London N1 9PG Free and open to all care leavers 5.30-9.30pm
Oct 30th NYAS Digital Life Stories Woolton Picture House, 3 Mason St, Liverpool L25 5JH Young People and Care Leavers supported by Everton in the Community and Edge Hill University 4.30-7.00pm    
0151  649 8700
Oct 30th    Coram Voice launches research review of care leavers' views Coram Voice, Gregory House, Coram Campus, 49 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2QA Part of developing a new tool on care leaver well-being as part of the Bright Spots programme.
020 7833 5792
Nov 1st The National Care Leavers’ Week Lecture on the Verbatim Project presented by Queen Mary University researchers Rees Research Centre, 15 Norham Gardens Oxford OX2 6PY Academics, students, care leavers, service providers, policy makers, charity CEO’s, community service providers. Free to attend. All welcome 4.15-7.15pm
Nov 1st Meeting of care leavers with Children’s Minster Robert Goodwill MP Department for Education, London This is not a public event. Please contact for details and opportunities. 1.30 - 2.30pm
Nov 2nd More events across the country every day during NCLW! Check with your local leaving care team and other providers and organisations. Tell us about yours #NCLW17

 National Care Leavers’ Week Conference TOGETHER  - full programme
Presented by Rees The Care Leavers Foundation in Association with the National STEM Learning Centre University of York
Chaired by Emeritus Professor Mike Stein (morning session) & Mark Riddell MBE (Afternoon session)
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09:15 – 09:45 Registration
09:45 -  09:50 Welcome on Behalf of York University. Stephen Willis, Student Support STEM CENTRE University of York
09:50 – 10:00 Introduction from Chair. Prof Mike Stein, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy & Social Work, University of York
10:00 – 10:40 Improving Outcomes. Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Children & Families 
One of the first opportunities for the Leaving Care Sector to hear about our new Minister’s priorities & how he intends to maintain the momentum towards a stronger, more ambitious approach towards improving outcomes for children leaving care  
10:40 – 10:50 Perspective. Mark Riddell MBE National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education
Care Leaver, recent Manager of Leaving Care Services in Trafford, Cornflake Kid author, New Belongings Champion &  newly appointed National Implementation Advisor for Care Leavers at the DfE, Mark talks about his new role & his unique perspective on what working together can achieve for care leavers   
10:50 – 11:10 TEA & COFFEE BREAK
Innovation, Innovation, Innovation.
Session intro & Chair Emeritus Professor Mike Stein
Maggie Allen & team No Wrong Door project, North Yorkshire County Council
Craig Nicholson & team Commissioning Manager, People Based Commissioning Team, North Tyneside. Staying Close
Angela Harris West London Regional Manager
St Christopher's Fellowship withteam and partners MAC UK, Ealing and Hounslow. Staying Close
Rob Vernon & Team Project Manager, The House Project, Stoke. From LA Project to Social Enterprise
Outcomes & reflections from recipients of Department for Education innovation funding, showcasing benefits from a changed approach to the delivery of robust, co-creative & partnership based services with and to their care leavers.
12:30 – 12:50 Question, answer & discussion Panel
12:50 – 13:40 LUNCH
13:40 – 14:45 Approaches to Personal Development from Care Leavers.
TOPE today, Shalyce Laurence, Founder & CEO.
The original TOPE project (Christmas Dinners for Care Leavers) has spread into a growing movement. TOPE today is a charity which aims to change the way that organisations work with care leavers & deliver personal development programmes towards resilience, fulfilment & mental wellbeing 
GLUE Louise Wallwein, playwright, poet, collaborator & storyteller.
Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned.  What can we learn from a life in care? Currently poet in residence for Hull’s City of Culture & currently touring & promoting her new production & book Louise delivers a comedic live art performance that will not be forgotten 
14:45 – 15:50 The Human Library
Take time to open & read some of our human books! Care leaver narratives with insights into their own lives highlighting conference themes followed by chaired discussions in small groups.  
15:50 – 16:00 TEA & COFFEE BREAK
Come Together. Louise Wallwein, Mark Riddell
Throughout the day delegate comments have been collated & gathered & a summing up will bring together presenter inputs & final audience thoughts 
16:20 – 16:30 Closing remarks

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