A packed St Mary’s Guildhall has heard how everyone has a role to play in improving the life opportunities for our young people.
The Coventry Care Leavers Local Offer, which brings together in one place all of the support available to our care leavers, was launched.
As anyone who watched Superkids on Channel 4 in November will know care leavers face massive challenges and as corporate parents we believe everyone has a role to play in ensuring our young people are given all the tools they need to thrive as they leave our care.
The Local Offer outlines the help we can provide in areas including finance, employment, training, education, accommodation, health and wellbeing and even relationships
The launch bought together representatives from the worlds of business, health, police, charity and voluntary sectors.
Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, spoke about the responsibility we all have to our young people.
She said: “We need to listen to our young people, we need to know what will make their lives better.”
The audience heard extracts of the incredible poems by Superkids Alex and Liam. They also heard inspirational and emotional talks from Leeanda Jarvis and Ella Dhillon on how their experiences of care have helped shape the local offer.
Matt Clayton, Operational Lead for Through Care, said: “As the African proverb says, it takes a village to raise a child, and today you are all villagers to ask how you can support the children this city is corporate parent for.”
The launch also heard about the Care Leaver Covenant, a government backed scheme for organisations to show their support for care leavers. Signatories already include all Government departments as well as several universities, businesses and sports teams.