Who will support me?

The care leavers team are proud to support all of our amazing young people. Team managers Gillian Eyer and Sharon Axon lead the team who are based at The Hub and can be contacted on 01942 487150.

Personal Adviser (PA)

Care Leaver PAsAll care leavers have a personal advisor, often shortened to PAs by young people. You will be introduced to your PA by your social worker when you are 17, your PA will support you on your journey into adulthood and independence; they will provide really good advice and guidance for you.

Your PA will keep in touch with you to work together on things such as your home, your well-being, education and training or employment.  Your PA will also be able to direct you to support from others who work closely with the team.

We will make every effort to keep in touch with you by visits, phone, text and email.  We will celebrate your birthday with a present and cake, invite you to lunch and tea and celebrate special occasions with you.

Our amazing PAs are proud to support you.

Your pathway plan

You will have something called a pathway plan and the aim of this is to help you understand how we are going to support you. We think it is important that your pathway plan is created together with your PA to make sure there are shared goals and an understanding of what support is needed. A pathway plan will not just detail what you may need support with, but also celebrate your successes and who you are as a person.

Your pathway plan can sometimes feel like a big report, but it is important that all support options available for you are in place and accessible for you. 

Your pathway plan will then be reviewed every six months with your PA and your independent reviewing officer.

Care leaver supporter

Care leaver supporters are volunteers you can build a positive and trusting relationship with. 

They have different talents and hobbies just like you and are able to offer their time to support you with everyday things.

You may want to spend time together doing things that you already enjoy, or they may support you to have new experiences. If you would like a care leaver supporter, ask your PA who will be able to give you more information.

Connected Family

Connected family is our group for care leavers and it runs on a Wednesday and Thursday evening. The group get together to spend social time together and contribute to the shaping of your care leavers service.

“I don’t have many friends, but I don’t mind. When I come to the hub we are like family, and you can just be yourself”

Young people in custody 

If you are in custody, we will help you by:

  • Providing you with £20 per month
  • Keeping in touch with you every 8 weeks
  • Sending you a birthday card and £20
  • Help you with clothing
  • Review your Pathway Plan every 6 months
  • Hold meetings and reviews prior to your release including help with housing
  • Provide you with ongoing support when you are released from custody, this includes education, employment and training support.

Young People with Special Educational Needs (SEND)

The SEND Local Offer is all the provision we expect to be available across education, health and social care for young people in Wigan Borough who have a special educational need or who are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. Find further information within our Local Offer webpages.

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