National Lottery funding helps #changingstoriesni

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:31

We have been awarded £591,036 from Big Lottery Fund’s Empowering Young People Programme for the Speaking Up: Leading Out project. The three-year project will support children and young people aged 8-25 years in care, care leavers and foster/kinship families across Northern Ireland.

The project will build young people's skills and confidence, improve their emotional health and wellbeing, help them get involved in the decisions made about their care, and support them to influence decision makers so their views shape the care system of the future. They will also produce a resource for schools about young people in care.

Vivian McConvey, Chief Executive of VOYPIC said: “At VOYPIC care experienced young people come together, talk and share their experience. In trying to understand their own experience, they are committed and energised to improve the care for their peers.

“Our young people are thrilled to be able to create and design a resource for schools and other ways of helping their peers have better relationships with their support networks and communities.

“Big Lottery funding has allowed us to take forward projects and ideas that are important to the young people we work with, and by having a central role in the management of the project they will be able to see their ideas come to life and help make positive changes to the care experience for all young people.”

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