Cared-for young people and care leavers

Growing up with experience of the care system can be a challenge. We believe all young people with care experience should be valued. 

Cared-for or ‘looked-after’ young people and care leavers can face multiple challenges due to early adverse experiences, meaning they struggle compared to their peers.

GMYN has been helping young people aged 10-25 since 2012 through programmes to build social skills, encourage positive wellbeing, develop self-esteem and provide skills for the future.

Our programmes help young people learn vital life skills, improve their mental health and well-being, and build a support network outside our provision. Support is bespoke and flexible to meet the needs of young people, whether through regular 1:1 meetings to support entering employment, engaging in weekly life skills workshops or being that person at the end of the phone when needed.

“GMYN was there when I needed them most, I asked for help and that’s what I got and more! GMYN are part of my family now.”

Anthony – Enjoying being part of our Oldham cared-for programme

Our staff take time to build positive relationships and help young people develop the confidence and skills needed to look after themselves and improve their wellbeing.

Our programme for young people with experience of care includes the following: 

  • Life skills workshops (cooking, budgeting, team building)
  • Wellbeing and mental health focussed activities (sport, walking, music, volunteering, arts and crafts and much more)
  • Employability sessions (CV writing, interviewing, work experience) 
  • Youth Voice activities (consultations and planning activities)

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