We are delighted to announce that following on from our annual awards celebration, Sally Romankiw, of Walkers deli, Samworth Brothers, is our volunteer of the year 2021.
We are delighted to announce that following on from our annual awards ceremony, the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, are our company of the year.
We were delighted to win the not for profit sector award at the LLBA21 awards last Thursday. Winning the award was a real boost for all our participants, volunteers, partners and staff.
To kick off Leicestershire Cares Week, we're publishing our end of year report, celebrating the great work of our business members, community partners, schools and of course our team!
We are excited about presenting the Outstanding Contribution to Employability Award at our upcoming awards ceremony. We have nominated four companies who have all worked tirelessly to support our remote events with schools.
We are delighted to announce the shortlist of businesses nominated for their support for our UP Project at the Leicestershire Cares Annual Celebration Event 2021
Leicestershire Cares’ Participation Day empowering our young people to become leaders in their own lives, communities and drive the direction of our work
The YES Team at Leicestershire Cares would like to thank and celebrate the business volunteers who have supported our work to help young people transition into Education, Employment and Training
Our shortlist for ‘Outstanding contribution to work with Care Experienced Young People’, is created by innovation from our business members in co-production, design, mentoring, networks, conversations and support to boost young people’s self-esteem a
We are excited to have shortlisted 5 businesses who were outstanding in giving their time to help us ensure that students still received a mock interview and feedback last academic school year, despite disruptions to workplaces and schools.
Rupert Mathews the PCC for LLR visited our office last Thursday to find out more about the work we deliver in partnership with the VRN, PCC, business and community partners to make our communities safer
Leicestershire Cares takes it’s care experienced young people for a day of teambuilding, high ropes and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone
The summer has been a time of planning, revision and reflection for the Education team. We’ve been planning how we’d like our projects to progress, what has been working well, what we can improve and reflecting on our volunteers’ experiences
Our leaving care team has been working with our care experienced young people to make sure their views are heard by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
At our recent team meeting we asked all staff to complete the sentence “What I have liked most about working at Leicestershire Cares over the last year"
In 1989, Kieran our CEO, went to Sweden with a group of disabled young people, to see what lessons could be learnt from the Swedish approach to supporting people with disabilities.
The Social Mobility Commission has published it’s State of the Nation report 2021, in which they call for a shake-up of child welfare benefits and significant investment in education to put disadvantaged children and young people at centre stage.
Charlotte, our Head of Children and Young People, was delighted to win the Community Award at the inaugural East Midlands Chambers Generation Next awards.
Developing peer to peer support to battle poor mental wellbeing and isolation in care experienced young people
How hosting a Meet an Employer Event for care experienced young people can open doors to new networks and knowledge
We’ve developed an info sheet aimed at parents, carers and families, that lists where to go for digital support, training, access to digital devices and useful websites.
Over the last year, our city and county have faced many challenges. In many ways, Covid 19 and the lockdown have exacerbated and shone a light on inequalities that we already knew existed.
For the last in our series of #BBBYouthWelfare webinars run in partnership with De Montfort University and LLR Safeguarding Children Partnerships, we focussed on the implications of the “Levelling up” agenda for local growth and development.
Read Simran`s article on how the impacts of Climate Change falls unfairly across society
We were delighted to deliver two more successful remote mock interview events recently with year 10 students from English Martyrs Catholic School. This brings the total remote interview technique events delivered by Leicestershire Cares to 23.
Our business volunteers have continued to help students learn about different careers and industries through our employability events
Volunteers and school staff involved in Number Partners (NP) and Go for Reading (GFR) recently joined us remotely to talk about how we can relaunch these projects so that they impact students in the best way possible in the future.
Using our Power to Change Approach, which focuses on building relationships, networks and connections, to help care experienced young people get on in life
We are thrilled to bring diverse community organisations and Leicestershire Cares staff team together on an experiential learning through lived experiences as part of our diversity and inclusion work.
To combat the strains of working from home and to maintain levels of teamwork and overall wellbeing, the social committee at Leicestershire Cares have set up a Strava activity challenge for staff
Pupils at The Queensmead Primary Academy were thrilled to receive Maths games kindly donated by Hinckley and Rugby Building society.
Leicestershire Cares presents at the BECOME: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (APPG) evidence session20 May 2021
We were delighted to share our reflections on the importance of memory and community for care experienced young people at the APPG evidence session chaired by Daisy Cooper MP
Mind matters: supporting care experienced young people with their mental wellbeing and reducing isolation20 May 2021
Bringing people together, creating social connectiveness and developing peer to peer support to battle poor mental wellbeing and isolation in care experienced young people.
As part of the continuing partnership between Leicestershire Cares and the UNAI SDG16 Hub at De Montfort University we are delighted to welcome Rakesh Rajani to give a keynote speech about international perspectives on #BuildBackBetter.
The eighth webinar of our #BBBYouthWelfare series, focused on the needs and experiences of young mothers and their babies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
Thanks to the support of the Rank foundation we have been able to appoint Zamzam Yusuf as a full time action research officer to look at the needs of African, Afro Caribbean, Asian and East European communities across our city and county.
How our Promise to Care model works to create opportunities for businesses to support care experienced young people
Covid 19 has shone a cruel light on the many issues facing our city and county, but it has also shown that there is spirit and a willingness for people to work together. It might be a cliché, but our strongest asset is our people.
Since Lockdown began in March 2020 it quickly became obvious that having internet access and the knowledge and means to use it were essential, to ensure families, children and young people were not left behind
The Seventh webinar of our #BBBYouthWelfare series, took place on Wednesday 21st April 2021 and focussed on employment opportunities for young people.
Using a model of participation and co-production with our care experienced young people, is driving the direction we are going in together.
Combining new learning with lived experience. The blueprint to producing impactful support for looked after children being bullied at school for being in care16 Apr 2021
Care Leavers creating anti-bullying resources for looked after children, as part of our VRN project, Free From Violence.
We have been reflecting on our practice and learning through the lockdown and developed in partnership with a wide range of our stakeholders our “Power to Change Approach” to working with communities and young people
Year 12 & 13 students at Beauchamp College receive a mock interview and valuable feedback from local employers through the interview technique project
Covid-19, like an X-Ray, has revealed the ways in which systems and institutions exclude people, and those people hurt the most. I’ll suggest ways one can build back better by listening to those who have been left out.
Celebrate #InternationalWomensDay with us! Join us celebrating women's achievements, calling for gender equality and visioning a future where we #ChooseToChallenge.
Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.
Step Up Step Up …….. Leicestershire Cares Community Development launch an ‘Eggstravaganza’ of an appeal25 Feb 2021
The Community Development team gets creative and launches the ‘Bags of Hope’ Appeal for children from all our local communities.
This book has been created by care experienced young people to tell the stories of their lives. We have a limited number of books to give away
The pandemic has caused unemployment rates to rise. Can more investment in a greener economy help us create jobs and save the planet at the same time?
We are looking forward to our sixth #BBBYouthWelfare on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 1230 to 1330 which will focus on The Digital Divide: Why we need to support young people now.
Kieran has written an article setting out his thoughts on the upcoming care review and how open minds and a willingness to work in creative and agile partnerships could be key.
Book Review: Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future – Mary Robinson4 Feb 2021
Our YES Project Development Officer, Simran, reviewed this must-read book for those wanting to learn more about the climate crisis and climate justice.
We were delighted to share our expertise on supporting care leavers into employment at an event with Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP
With the start of the new year once more seeing the closure of schools, the education team are working creatively to find new ways that our business volunteers can support students who are learning from home.
Businesses and project participants stepped up in between lockdowns to help support a charity which provides wrapped gifts to over 4000 local children.
Our Business members and partners get creative to support local communities affected by Covid-19
Tackling bullying of looked after children in schools, setting up a mentoring programme for ceyp and succeeding in work placement
Last term, primary school children in Leicester used their maths skills to compete in a fun Number Partners maths challenge. We’re very pleased to announce that Queensmead Primary Academy won the challenge.
We felt this poem by 22 year old Amanda Gorman recited at Joe Biden’s inauguration offered a vision of everything that is positive about our world and the creativity that comes from our young people.
Improved staff motivation and productivity and an overall sense of employee wellbeing are just a few of the things that employers have noticed when supporting their staff to volunteer.
Despite Covid-19 and interruption to schooling, just over 700 students in Leicester and Leicestershire schools have received a mock interview from a local business volunteer this academic year.
Over the past few years we have published a number of brief articles that we feel might be useful to those overseeing the review.
Over the last few weeks we have been working with the business and community sector to distribute wellbeing bags to people and families in need , who are in danger of being left behind.
A collaborative effort offering support and accommodation to young offenders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Leicestershire Cares environmental group are sharing tips on how you can have an eco-friendly Christmas this year.
The UP Project continue to offer support to young people who have and continue to experience difficulties due to their offence history.
Leicestershire Cares is shortlisted in the Leaving Care category in the Children & Young People Now Awards 2020
Office Depot and Leicestershire Cares Community Development Team link with charitable organisations to reach people in need throughout Leicester and Leicestershire.
We were delighted to win the commitment to people development award at the East Midlands Chambers annual awards 2020.
The third webinar in the series BBB Youth Welfare webinars that we run in partnership with De Montfort university and LLR safeguarding took place on the 12th November 2020.
BBB Youth Welfare Series: How can we provide safe & affordable housing for young people during Covid?18 Nov 2020
The fourth webinar of the #BBBYouthWelfare series is focusing on how young people’s housing arrangements have been impacted by the pandemic and what we can do about it.
Do you or your business have old IT equipment? Read on to find out how your old laptops can be revamped and recycled to support disadvantaged groups across the region to develop their digital skills.
Care experienced young people will identify their own solutions to avoiding violence and create pathways to recovery and a life free from violence.
During National Care Leavers Week 2020, Casey was interviewed by Rupal Rajani on the Mid Moring show on BBC Radio Leicester about being a care leaver
Year 11 Students at Lutterworth High School and the Madani Schools Federation were the first to experience a remote way of receiving a mock interview and valuable feedback from a business volunteer in the community.
Care leaver Casey is interviewed by the BBC about her podcast and why it is a great platform to campaign for care leavers issues
School staff were proud to send us pictures of winners, runners up and highly commended students who took part in our career competition during lockdown
We were delighted to be asked by the cabinet office and DCMS to attend and present our thoughts at the Midlands roundtable leg of this series of national workshops.
As part of the YES Project, we’re excited to announce a new 6 week employability scheme starting for young people aged 15 – 24 who are not in education, employment or training.
We have been working in partnership with, De Montfort University, and the Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnerships and a wide range of local and national organisations to put together a series of webinars.
There is a lot of talk in the media about #BuildBackBetter, but what does it mean? What would it look like locally? This webinar will be a chance to hear from Neal Lawson one of its leading architects.
Leicestershire Cares is celebrating the start of the new academic year by publishing its annual education report, highlighting the successes of our projects during 2019-20
Fostering A New Approach Episode 7: Going to university when you're care experienced with Kim Emenike24 Aug 2020
A podcast produced by care experienced young people. This episode is about going to university
Ellis Di Cataldo from Rock Kitchen Harris delivered a fun and informative webinar on using LinkedIn For Your Job Search to NEET Young People.
On 30 June, Leicester became the first city in the UK to experience a local lockdown. This rapid assessment builds on the findings of our ‘Life Under Lockdown’ report to explore the impact that the local lockdown is having on vulnerable young people
To inform our future work on knife crime, we set up an independent survey and sent it out our young people and participants to see what their views were on knife related crime.
We worked with young people to help them share their views on government plans on unregulated accommodation for children in care and care leavers
Fostering A New Approach Episode 6: Care Experienced and the Criminal Justice System with Dr Claire Fitzpatrick7 Jul 2020
A podcast about care experienced life and the criminal justice system by Leicestershire Care young people
A podcast about care experienced life by Leicestershire Care young people, this time exploring housing and accomdation
The WIRE and UP Projects have put together a guide and some useful resources to help people disclose cautions and convictions to potential employers.
Leicestershire Cares and four other charities based in the city and county have been lucky enough to receive a share of £10,000 thanks to the county’s five building societies.
Our Education manager, Helen Treadwell, won Volunteer Manager of the Year, and Leicestershire Cares was highly commended for Charity of the Year.
Over the last few months we have seen an outpouring of goodwill and community based social action. Kieran Breen, CEO of Leicestershire Cares has written more on this subject.
Children and Young People across our partner schools and projects attended a virtual campus tour of Loughborough University created by the School and College Liaison Team.
Many job seekers are feeling worried about how COVID–19 could affect their employment opportunities. There are a few things that they can do, with the help of Leicestershire Cares, to improve their employability.
Leicestershire Cares publishes finding of rapid participatory assessment of the impact that the lockdown is having on vulnerable young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Across our city and county, we have been working with local government, business and community to ensure isolated and vulnerable people receive practical and emotional support.
Before the lockdown some of our young people on the Homelessness Project attended the Feed your Family for a Fiver workshop; similar sessions have been ran via Zoom with Samworth Brothers.
Leicestershire Cares working with the BBC to raise awareness of care leavers’ experiences of the lockdown17 Apr 2020
Care experienced young people we work with have been speaking with BBC journalists about how they are coping with isolation, including a feature on East Midlands Today
It has been great to visit our Go for Reading partner schools this term and see our committed and enthusiastic business volunteers raising confidence and sharing their love of reading with students in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The UP Project continues to offer holistic support to all current and new participants during the coronavirus pandemic.
Leicestershire Cares UP and WIRE Projects are hosting online Employability Support and Mock Interviews1 Apr 2020
Great things never come from comfort zones. Take yourself out of yours and join our online employability support from: 31st March – 23rd April. We look forward to seeing you then.
Check out our quarterly newsletter, it features the great work our partnerships have been delivering in the past four months and what we have planned for the next quarter.
The start of 2020 saw our brilliant member volunteers providing students in Leicester and Leicestershire with the tools they need to become employable to businesses.
Please find an update regarding the planned mental health and wellbeing workshops we have running with BuddhiByM.
Our young people dusted off their boxing gloves and showed off their skills in the Princes Trust Get Started with Boxfit programme.
Last week Leicestershire Cares attended the YES Stakeholder Event – #ReRoutingFutures and shared all the wonderful work we do as a YES delivery partner.
Last Friday, the Together Project organised an event for VCSE sector organisations to access business advice and skills share support to deliver their services more effectively.
Check out our quarterly newsletter, it features the great work our partnerships have been delivering in the past four months and what we have planned for the next quarter.
As part of Care Day 2020, Leicestershire Cares’ young people took to social media to speak out about how they would like the care system to be, as well as what sets them apart from ‘normal’ young people.
Our Head of Children and Young People reflects on the findings of the Scottish Care Review and the impact a similar review in England could have for children in care
Leicestershire Cares' work with ex-offenders was recognised at a special event staged by Leicestershire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach.
Leicestershire Cares invites you to the launch of The Together Project – The National Lottery Community Funded initiative enabling VCSE sector organisations to access business advice and skills share support.
Leicestershire Cares has been working with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership to develop a new toolkit for employers to support local skills development. It will be launched at a business breakfast event on the 5 March.
Our CYP team recently took some time out to reflect on how we can further embed participatory and co-production approaches into our work with young people.
Leicestershire Cares has been featured once again in an article on the Exceptionals blog. It explains the UP Project's successes to date and the importance of having a project focused in rehabilitating young offenders to reduce reoffending.
Earlier this year, two of our team members from Leicestershire Cares participated in a seminar aimed at encouraging local employees to consider giving emplyment opportunities to ex-offenders.
Leicestershire Cares are thrilled to announce this year’s successful Collect 4 Christmas campaign received donations in the region of £30,000 from local business members.
Read more on how Leicestershire Cares has been connecting businesses and communities to tackle poverty and exclusion locally.
The Freedom Club at the Centre Project in Leicester is a safe place for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees to adjust, acclimatise and then thrive into their new life. So how can business benefit from supporting them?
Leicestershire Cares continues to work with schools to provide opportunities for students to have meaningful encounters with our member business volunteers.
With a full team in house, we have been delivering and planning a range of activities and workshops to continue our great work with NEET young people.
Kieran Breen, our CEO will be facilitating two workshops at an upcoming conference on the 28th November at DMU aimed at social services staff working with young people.
The Community Development Team have many updates as we approach the Christmas period, they have various festive challenges and the Collect 4 Christmas 2019 which will support vulnerable people affected by homelessness.
We are delighted to be co hosting a breakfast seminar with East Midlands Chambers on 20th November on CSR at Gateley’s city centre office.
The Promise to Care was launched on 31 October to a packed audience, including the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, local businesses and care experienced young people.
Leicestershire Cares partners with Haymarket Sexual Health Clinic to raise awareness of importance of sexual health amongst young women living in hostels.
The charity jointly sponsored the printing and launch of the book, published by Leicestershire Virtual School, alongside business member Checkprint
Check out the article to find out more about this new opportunity to share your thoughts about the care system as a care experienced person.
The YES Project, which has supported over 400 NEET young people has received continuation funding for a further two years.
Our Education team were delighted to win the East Midlands Chamber Leicestershire Education and Business Partnership Award 2019 at the Chamber's annual awards ceremony on Friday 20th September.
Our whole team took time out of our busy schedules last Thursday to spend time with Lyn Warren from Joules to learn more about diversity , dignity and inclusion in the workplace.
On the 3rd of September volunteers from engineering firm Terex Pegson based in Coalville spent a day supporting a local day centre called Hope House, based in Griffydam.
Leicestershire Cares and the Freedom club take fourteen unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people to the theme park and zoo, Drayton Manor.
A key focus of our education work last academic year was to increase our engagement with special schools and improve support for vulnerable and disadvantaged students.
Through the support of our business volunteers, the Go For Reading Project has been able to impact the lives of many young people to help build their confidence in reading.
Leicestershire Cares’ young people take part in Learning and Work Institute focus group to explore future pathways to employment and training for care leavers.
Earlier this month, the University’s Career Development Service turned off their computers, picked up their paintbrushes and swapped their day jobs to spend the day supporting local residents as part of a staff volunteering initiative.
Our CEO Kieran Breen, has written an article for vulnerability 360 on why working with young people in an "agile and adaptive manner" is important for their development.
2019 Stability Index shows the journey to adulthood for young people in care is even harder than before, as around 80% are more likely to experience two or more changes of home within a year.
Only one month to go until the Charity Cycling Sportive which Knights are organising to fundraise for Leicestershire Cares. Get involved or sponsor our team of young people!
As part of Voices, we took a group of young people to see the celebrated poet, writer and performer who was in care himself when he was young.
During the month of May, Nylacast were able to raise much needed funds for Leicestershire Cares whilst also raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing with their staff.
Join us on Friday the 21st of June for the Great Get Together as we attempt to support what Joanne Cox stood for in the hope of bringing communities together.
A student from Beaumont Leys School attended Leicestershire Cares’ Annual Celebration Event at Winstanley House to say thank you to all the volunteers who have taken part in our Interview Technique project this year.
Thank you to everyone that attended our Annual Celebration Event on Thursday the 16th of May, it was a great way to celebrate the hard work of our business volunteers.
Alison Jeffrey delivered a thought-provoking presentation on the importance of businesses role in societal change and questioned how local government can best support this going forward.
Sytner Leicester BMW were able to do two World of Work tours with the STEM Ambassadors from Madani Schools Federation on the 1st and 3rd of May.
Earlier this year, Leicestershire Cares took part in developing new resources aimed at improving care leavers’ access to education, employment and training.
This week Moat Community College invited students and business volunteers that have taken part in the Go For Reading Project to a party to celebrate all the reading successes that have happened this term.
Lord Willy Bach Police and Crime Commissioner says thank you to all the businesses and organisations for supporting the PCC Business Breakfast event.
166 employees from member businesses rose to the challenge of making the festive season more fun for people by supporting local charities and community groups.
30 local businesses, 22 of which are members of Leicestershire Cares, supported our annual Collect for Christmas appeal and raised almost £26,000 worth of items and cash to support families and individuals affected by homelessness.
Several local businesses came to support the breakfast event on the 21st of February and many shared their experiences and successes of the WIRE Project.