COVID-19 UPDATE: The Covid-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges to the services provided to care leavers on behalf of the Trust throughout 2020. Right Resolution have continued to provide support to all the young people on the project in Northamptonshire and Peterborough through face to face and virtual meetings within the relevant guidelines. They have also been in regular contact with the two local authorities. The Trust has also funded additional counselling services for young care leavers throughout 2020 to address the increasing need for mental health support.

The Trust worked with Northamptonshire County Council to produce a Leaving Care Guide for all its care leavers, providing them with essential information to support them as they move from care to independent living.

The Trust also supports regular drop-in sessions offering the young people assistance with interview techniques, CV writing and confidence building skills.

Over the years we have worked collaboratively with many local further education institutions in both areas, including Moulton College and the University of Northampton in Northampton, and the City College and City Regional College in Peterborough, to introduce care leavers to the wide range of courses on offer.

We have also been able to use these contacts to support young people to access apprenticeships, both in these colleges or with businesses linked to them in the fields of agriculture, the building trade, sport, working with animals and many other sections of the economy.

We have successfully arranged and co-ordinated bespoke taster days for care leavers at these institutions and enabled care leavers to access Summer Schools and Voluntary Action Groups at the University of Northampton leading to accredited programmes. All these activities help the young people to explore new training and career options and build up their CVs.

We are also work closely with other local public and private sector organisations and companies to try and secure more apprenticeships and employment opportunities for care leavers. A number of our young people have successfully undertaken apprenticeships in different fields including Highways, hairdressing and printing.