Have you used or tried to use mental health services?
Do you want to make a change?
We are a national project looking to change, challenge, and improve mental health services for children in care and care leavers.
We will pay you for your time and cover expenses.
Interested? Continue reading...
Who are we?
The Social Care Institute for Excellence is a charity that is committed to helping children and young people in care and care leavers. One of our projects is focused on how we can improve mental health and emotional wellbeing support. For the last six months we have brought together a group of professionals and care leavers to think about how we do this. As we reach the final stages of the project we want to make sure that children and young people’s voices are at the heart of the project.
What are we looking for?
We want to form a group that feedbacks on what we are designing and helps us to think about how we might reach all children in care and leaving care. SCIE has a rich history in children’s rights and participation and all sessions and meetings will be fully interactive. You don’t need to worry about whether you have joined a group before or find it hard to talk- we will support you through the journey and we will pay you for your time, and cover expenses - find out how much. Two young people, Matt & Jack, have also created a blog about the benefits of taking part.
Want to know more?
If you have any more questions or would like to know more please ask. We envision the group meeting four times. The first meet will be on 15 February (half term). The following three meetings will happen in half term or a school/college holiday. Each one will last no more than half a day and we will cover all travel and food costs.
Don’t have the time?
If you don’t think you can commit the time but would like to share your thoughts on mental health support for young people in care and leaving care we have an event in April where you can come and share your views.
Apply now or get more information
Contact Andrew to apply or to find out more.
Tired of the roller-coaster that is being in care? (Matt & Jack blog) Open
Are you tired of the roller-coaster that is being in care, where you find yourself riding the same track over and over again? Do you find your voice is lost in the system? Are you tired of being a number?
If so, then get on board* with our exciting new opportunity! You'll have the chance to be a member of a team of young people working together to help improve how looked after children and young people receive mental health support and services. And you’ll even get to meet the first Ginger Prime Minister in waiting. (See the descriptions about us below…)
We are looking for a group of looked after children and care leavers aged between 16-25 who have experience of accessing mental health services or would have liked to access support but were unable too. You’ll be involved in group discussions, meetings with world class professionals and helping to shape the journey for young people in, or leaving, care with their mental well-being. This is important because not one but two government departments want to know your views; so it’s a chance to make a difference to the lives of young people across the country
If you have a passion for change we’d love to have you involved . In return for your knowledge, experience and Involvement, you’ll receive dedicated support to ensure you get the best out the project too. We want you, for you and there is no expectation for you to share your personal story. All we ask for is your commitment and enthusiasm.
Have your say and get involved in a life-changing project that is going to be an exciting journey. You’ll be paid for your contribution, have a chance to develop a wide range of personal skills. This is a fantastic experience that looks great on your CV for future employers. Food and expenses will be covered.
We understand how difficult the subject of mental health can be, so as part of the project we have partnered with mental health charity Sane to provide additional support and we have a dedicated member from the core team at another charity, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). So if you’re passionate about better mental health and emotional well-being support, better services for young people in care and want to be involved in positive change then get in touch with Andrew.
You’ll be joining a fantastic team of young people, including us!
Jack and Matt.
Jack is studying Politics and International Relations and hopes to be the first Ginger Prime Minister.
Matt is founder and managing Director of Support, Enhance and Thrive – SET Charity
* Can’t promise there will be an actual rollercoaster involved.
Contact Andrew to apply or to find out more.