Sam Turner, Voice and Influencing Manager at Become provides an update on Care Day 2019
On Friday 15th February 2019, we celebrated Care Day. Care Day is the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience. Become has been leading these celebrations in England since the very first Care Day back in 2016.
The theme of the fourth Care Day was ‘Care to Talk’. As you may have seen on social media, there was an incredible display of voices from across the UK and Ireland who came together in solidarity with care-experienced people.
It was fantastic to see so many of our FE and HE colleagues getting involved, including friends at Sheffield Hallam University, Go Higher West Yorkshire, KU Cares at Kingston University of London, University of Glasgow, Become Students that Care Society at the University of Greenwich, and many more. Many thanks to all of you who joined in on the day and encouraged your students and institutions to get involved.
To see some of the day’s action online, take a look at #CareDay. We’d also recommended exploring #CareToTalk and #IWishYouKnew for insights into what children in care and care leavers wish others knew about care.
At Become, we kicked off our Care Day activity a little earlier on Wednesday 13th February by hosting a meeting of the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers. This meeting explored what it’s like to grow up LGBT+ in care, listening to and learning from the experiences of care-experienced young people who identify as LGBT+. You can read more about the evening at our blog here – and take a look at this very relevant workshop delivered at the most recent NNECL Conference.
We also revisited our Teachers Who Care report released in October last year, pulling out some of the key messages from this and other work we’ve done to produce six things children in care want their teachers to know. School might be the one place of stability for some young people in care, and teachers can have a huge impact in supporting the ambitions of looked after children in their classrooms. Do please share the resource with your colleagues in schools and colleges.
We know that all of you working in colleges and universities are delivering amazing work every day. Through the Propel website and our other activity, we’ll continue to work closely with NNECL and others to support care-experienced learners to access and succeed in further and higher education. Visit our website and don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in working more closely together.