5 NATIONS, 1 VOICE

Monday, 19 September 2016 11:03

5 Nations, 1 Voice (5N1V) is a new and powerful partnership which champions the cause of children in care and care leavers between Who Cares? Scotland, Voices from Care (Wales), Become formerly Who Cares? Trust (England), VOYPIC (Northern Ireland) and EPIC (Ireland). Read launch press release.

Over the past 40 years, each of these five organisations have taken on a role in their own countries to support and be an independent voice of children in care. Now they are bringing together that vast experience in a shared vision - 5 Nations, 1 Voice (5N1V). Our work is supported by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

UPCOMING

Voices from Care Cymru is hosting the next residential in Wales (15 - 17 September). Jo and three young people will be heading to Acorn Adventures in the Brecon Beacons.

EVALUATION VIDEOS 

The Lines Between is conducting an evaluation of the 5 Nations, 1 Voice project and will be posting regular updates. Watch their progress in these short informal films.

Watch Video #1

Watch Video #2 which features an interative research session with VOYPIC young people.

GETTING TOGETHER

We knew a little about each other but it wasn't until early 2012 that we all managed to be in the same place at the same time - a cottage on the North Coast of Northern Ireland - where five chief executives and their teams spent two days comparing and contrasting how children in care and care leavers are supported across the UK and Ireland.

SHARED VISION MEANS SHARED VOICE

We found out we have a lot in common – we share a vision and values about children in care and care leavers. We are all champions for children and young people. We all believe that they must have an independent voice that promotes and protects their rights. We realised that together we could make that independence stronger and that voice louder. By the end of those two days, we had agreed to work together and to set up 5 Nations, 1 Voice.

We all want...

• to act for change so children are safe because they get quality support and services at the earliest opportunity

• children in care to be accepted, understood and supported by their community

• to bring together children in care and care leavers to share experiences, their sense of identity and have fun

Read more about 5N1V and find out how you can get involved.

ACTIVITIES

As part of 5N1V young people have come together to share their experiences at key events, camps and conferences to ensure that people understand what their lives are like and what could and should change for better.

DISCUSSION AND DEBATE  – this happens whenever and wherever we're together at workshops, conferences, residentials and in London at Westminster's All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

CARE DAYs – we've organised two Care Days (19 February 2016 and 17 February 2017). Visit our dedicated Care Day Facebook page to find out more.

RESIDENTIALS - three residentials so far, two in Scotland (July 2015 and July 2016) and one in Northern Ireland (September 2016). Read Sintija's blog post on the residential here. The next residential is being hosted by Voices from Care Cymru, our sister organisation in Wales, in September.

Follow the 5N1V conversation on Twitter at #5N1V #CAREID #resi2016 #careday2016 #caredayni #careday #lookactcare

Watch a video made by young people who attended Care can be Phenomenal, Who Cares? Scotland [listen] [act] [unite] conference in May 2015.

How can you get involved?

The more time young people and staff from these five organisations spend together, the more we learn how similar we are and how much we can achieve. Some of the hard work we do is done in a fun, active way at events, conferences, summer camps and residentials.

You could be part of this and meet other young people in care from 5N1V. Find out more by contacting the 5N1V organisation in your country – in Northern Ireland get in touch with your local VOYPIC team.

Read more about how you can get involved.