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 each council’s statutory duties and beyond the reach of local government budgets. The councils 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. Young care leavers often lack confidence, lead chaotic lives and experience mental health and social isolation issues, but we have proved that with our help they can achieve their goals and become fulfilled citizens.
The work on these projects is carried out for the Trust by Right Resolution, a local Community Interest Company with a wealth of experience in dealing with care leavers and those in care. Their project work includes supporting and mentoring the young people, working with local colleges and universities to assist the young people in finding training courses and practical careers and approaching employers to gain apprenticeships, training or employment in local businesses. Care leavers on our projects are also encouraged to join the 16+ schemes (separately funded) in both council areas to participate in Group Activities.
The Trust’s projects, in both Northamptonshire and Peterborough, are providing robust models of working which are recognised by the local Social Care Teams. These practices are now being imbedded into the wider work of these local teams.
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 grants and receive no public or statutory funding. Virtually every penny given goes directly to help young care leavers turn their lives around.