Businesses turn out to support care leavers
More than 50 businesses attended an event earlier today (THURS) which hopes to inspire Nottinghamshire care leavers to fulfil their potential.
Welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace, the Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council Anthony May and Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the County Council’s Children and Young People’s committee, businesses heard how they can get involved with Nottinghamshire’s Local Offer for Care Leavers, an initiative drawn up by the County Council and the seven district and borough councils.
The Local Offer tells young people about the services and support that is available for care leavers including preparing them for the world of work, setting up home, issuing financial advice, free leisure opportunities and help with education needs.
Sir John Peace said at the business breakfast event at Notts County Football Club: “Every year in Nottinghamshire 100 young people leave care so it shouldn’t be beyond us to find tailored solutions for individuals that improve not only their lives but also benefit wider society.
“These young people are hard-working, extremely loyal and committed employees, achieving higher retention rates once given the training and employment opportunities to succeed.”
Coun Owen urged local businesses to pledge their support in a variety of ways through mentoring, work experience and placements, apprenticeships and skills advice needed for the modern work place.
Care leaver Terry Galloway spoke movingly about his experiences in care and how he is supporting the councils to deliver the Local Offer.
He said: “Nottinghamshire is leading the way with this Local Offer initiative and I am proud to be involved with it and speak on behalf of care leavers. This offer will help so many young people to make their way in life after leaving care.
“I’m delighted that so many businesses have pledged their support and advice and in collaboration with local authorities together they can help transform care leavers’ lives.”
Businesses attending the event included Boots, East Midlands Airport, Experian, Pork Farms, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, Stagecoach, Romo, Frank Key Group, Benoy Ltd, Trentbarton, Baxter Freight and Parkwood Leisure.
Pictured with businesses and care leavers at the event are centre right Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace and centre left Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council Anthony May.