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Supporting vulnerable people who face issues with housing and living independently? Want to feel better equipped? Want to ensure your team have the skills they need to support people effectively? We've got 2 excellent courses that you can book people onto for the new year.

This week, I’ve been at the ‘Care Experienced People Conference 2019’ – a joint venture between Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum.  This is the third year this conference has happened, thanks to the leadership of Teresa Clarke.  Here are 5 reflections on a really inspiring event.

 

A huge congratulations to Chloe who has moved on from Local Solutions' Sefton Supported Lodgings  to study Nursing at university, having completed the Resettlement Passport.  

Shared Lives Plus has adopted the Resettlement Passport as a resource for Shared Lives schemes which are offering young people the opportunity to move in with a Shared Lives carer to learn how to manage a tenancy and build confidence when they leave care.

I was recently reviewing the year for our internal reporting and realised just how much has happened this year and how many ‘firsts’ happened with the Resettlement Passport.

It’s good to pause and take stock, so here are our highlights from the last year.

Citywest Housing Trust has been working closely with Salford's leaving care service 'Next Step' to support young people to prepare for and sustain tenancies.  They use Resettlement Passport as part of this support.  Watch this short video to get the feedback from a care leaver, a staff member from 'Next Step' and Citywest Housing.

Thanks to funding from the Community Fund we are looking for a Resettlement Passport Development Worker.  The post is 6 months fixed term, three days a week.  The role will involve promoting the Resettlement Passport with other organisations, delivering Passport training and supporting the reach and development of the initiative.

Knowsley Council have released a short film detailing their commitment and offer to their care leavers - and included the Resettlement Passport as part of that offer.

We're delighted to announce that the Resettlement Passport has been awarded an 'Awards for All' grant from the Big Lottery's Community Fund to support the development of the initiative.  

If we ran a book club ‘Universal Credit: Unintended consequences’ report would be on our recommended list.  This new report pulled together by Liverpool City Council incorporates the views of a wide range of Liverpool’s city leaders.  While focused on Liverpool, the report is relevant nationally, talking about the ‘Unintended consequences’ of Universal Credit.

Since we started talking to people about the Resettlement Passport, we've always been asked, "And what about your data?"  "What proof have you got that your course is making a difference?."  Now, thanks to Chris in Local Solution's IT team - we're able to display the data that the online course has captured, and it makes encouraging reading.

Last week, we held an exhibition stand for the first time at the CIH conference in Manchester to promote the Resettlement Passport.  It was a great opportunity to connect with people from Housing Associations and Local Authorities from around the country.

The Resettlement Passport was ‘Highly Commended’ at the UK Housing Awards last night, in the category of ‘Innovation of the Year.’

Marie works as a Support Co-ordinator for Liverpool and Knowsley Supported Lodgings and delivers Resettlement Passport training to staff from other organisations. Here’s her story and her advice for young people and other support workers.

A couple of weeks ago, I took part in an excellent event hosted by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum. The fact this event was organised represents a real step forward and was thanks to the excellent work that Teresa Clarke, the HMPPS Care leavers Champion is leading on.

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