New offer for young adults leaving the Council’s care
This week (11 March) saw the official launch of Bexley’s local offer for young adults leaving the Council’s care. The local offer is a new information guide that describes a range of support to assist young people in in their early adulthood and independence , including the promotion of health and well-being, relationships, education and training, employment, accommodation and participation in society.
A ‘market place’ event held at Civic Offices brought together a range of stalls from services and organisations including housing, education, employment, health and training. Partner agencies including Peabody and L&Q, National Youth Advisory Service were also on hand to provide support and advice.
Young people and guests were welcomed to the event by Shannon Lidbury, Bexley’s Young Director who explained how young people had helped design the offer through the work of Positive Journeys Seniors, Bexley’s forum for young adults who are leaving the Council’s care.
A number of young adults volunteered on the night to work with the organisations present, sharing information about services and projects from a young care leavers perspective.
The new local offer was officially unveiled by Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Philip Read and Jacky Tiotto, Director of Children’s Services.
Addressing the many guests in attendance, Ms Tiotto encouraged young people to use the resources available through the local offer to work towards their goals and be the very best they could be
Cllr Read said; “It was great to have so many of our young adults join us to celebrate this milestone and find out how the offer is there to support them. As corporate parents we recognise that our job doesn’t end when these young people leave us. We want to do our best to give them every opportunity we can as they continue into adulthood.”
Jordan aged 17 helped at the event. He said; “It was really good to see all our young people come together to learn about the services available to us.”
Shannon said; “The local offer event was very successful and I was happy with how many young people attended.”
The event was attended by young people, Councillors, council officers, foster carers, friends and family members.