History of the Trust
In 2008 the Nene Valley Care Trust was set up by three local people whose experience as county councillors and magistrates showed them that the needs of young people leaving the care system were not being fully met. They recruited a dedicated team of Trustees to direct the work of the Trust, whose aim is to support young people leaving local authority care in Northamptonshire and the wider Nene Valley area.
The Trust is an independent registered charity which works in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. It funds projects outside the scope of the council’s statutory duties and beyond the reach of local government budgets. The council allows access to the care leavers and the Trust provides the extra assistance that is vital to help them gain work or to progress their education or training. They often lack confidence and lead chaotic lives, but we have proved that with our help they can achieve their goals and become fulfilled citizens.
The Trust has set up mentoring schemes, works with local colleges to assist the young people in finding training courses and practical careers and approaches employers to gain apprenticeships in local businesses. Our projects are delivered by a local community interest company, experienced in social enterprises.
Our work is a proven success and helps these young people, who have lacked consistent parental support, to overcome their disadvantages. We rely entirely on voluntary donations and receive no other funding. Virtually every penny given goes directly to help young care leavers turn their lives around.