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Foster Carers Wanted

My name is Amiee and I work for Suffolk County Council in the Fostering and Adoption team. We are continually trying to promote and raise the awareness of the need for more foster carers and adopters in Suffolk.

There are around 750 children in care in Suffolk.

Suffolk wants all children in its care to have a permanent, safe home in which they will be loved, nurtured and thrive. For some this will be with members of their family, while for others the best option for them will be to be adopted or be with a permanent fostering family.

Our new campaign highlights the heartbreakingly simple dreams of young people to be part of a loving family and calls upon caring people to help make this a reality.

Both the Fostering and Adoption Services are constantly seeking to recruit more people to care for the County’s children, and in particular carers for:

  • older children – there is even a special fostering scheme for teenagers
  • brothers and sisters to grow up together
  • children with disabilities

We are asking for your support in our ongoing efforts to recruit more carers and adopters for children, some of whom are likely to be from your own communities.

We know that people who consider fostering or adoption are more likely to be community minded and to be involved, either as volunteering or taking part in, community groups and activities like yours.

Many people have considered fostering for many years before they finally decide to take things further. Recruiting carers and adopters therefore very much involves us getting the message across in as many ways and times as we can, and we cannot do this alone. We are also very mindful of the pressures on council budgets.

We are therefore very much hoping that you can help us in the following ways:

  • Adding the information onto your website if you have one (please find Giff’s attached), and providing a link to our own site dreams.suffolk.gov.uk
  • Sending our information electronically through any email lists you have
  • Telling us about any events you might be arranging which you would be happy for us to attend to raise awareness or to display a banner
  • Maybe it would be useful for us to come and visit your group to explain more about fostering and/or adoption
  • Placing our advert or editorial in any newsletters or brochures you have

http://www.dreams.suffolk.gov.uk/

Public Transport – ignoreable until you need it

We want to give a plug to Nat Bocking’s campaign for a more intelligent approach to public transport.

Public transport is a huge issue in Suffolk but most of us who don’t use it fail to realise until we need it.. Ci encounters this issue most frequently through our work at either end of the age spectrum – with young people and with older people – maybe we just haven’t done enough work with those in the middle or maybe it is just less of an issue for them. Have a look at ‘The Handy Bus Club’ here

 

Vote for Suffolk Artlink

Our friends at Suffolk Artlink have been shorlisted for the EDP Big Lottery Fund  Award so please get voting. . .

Good news! We’re through to the shortlist of the EDP Big Lottery Fund, and now all we need is your VOTE.

So, please buy today’s issue of Eastern Daily Press and vote for the Phonic music project  – it’s put forward by Suffolk Artlink and you can vote each day up to 14th September – so please do! Inside each edition of the EDP between now and September 14th there will be a coupon to fill in and post back to the freepost address. You can vote every day and some issues will include bonus coupons with double votes.

Your vote will really make a difference as the most popular projects will be awarded a grant.

Phonic will provide music sessions for young people at the only senior youth club in south Lowestoft – giving 12 to 19 year olds the chance to develop skills, realise talents and generally have great fun making music.

Please forward this email to any friends/family/colleagues who are in the readership area of the EDP and apologies for any cross postings.

 Many thanks,
Alex Casey
Co-Director
Suffolk Artlink

Work begins on Troubled Families

Got-issues-02When Ci was first approached about the Government’s Troubled Families Initiative our first reaction was to wonder how it might feel to be labeled as a ‘troubled family’. Now we will have the chance to find out as part of the team delivering the Suffolk TF initiative called Suffolk Family Focus (SFF).

Ci’s distinctly creative approach to social innovation will help the team to understand the perspective of practitioners and the families through an innovative project to co-produce the relationship between practitioner and family. We will also be conducting primary research with families and practitioners.

In order to help promote the transformation that SFF hopes to achieve we will also be developing a Learning Network with online forum and face to face events. Evidence gathered through these projects and other strategies will contribute towards a qualitative evaluation designed to support Suffolk Family Focus improve outcomes for families facing multiple challenges.

UCS looking for for young unemployed

Our friends at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) have been commissioned to conduct research with young people who have been unemployed for more than 3 months. Shouldn’t be hard to find you might think! See below . . .

‘UCS has been commissioned to investigate what unemployed young people believe will assist them to progress into employment, training or additional learning. Furthermore, this research will focus on young people who have been out of work for more than 3 months. The findings will provide evidence to inform the development of initiatives to support every young person effectively on their journey towards employment, and eradicate the current blight of youth unemployment.

We are seeking assistance in contacting young unemployed people so that they can share their views and experiences and most importantly, participate in this vital development to transform the opportunities to gain employment. We would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to forward this onto any organisations that work with unemployed young people in the greater Ipswich area. We hope to collect all data within 6 weeks, as such all help regarding this matter would be very much appreciated.

For further information please contact us on: pie@ucs.ac.uk

Thank you all in advance.

Stuart Agnew

Senior Lecturer in Criminology
School of Applied Social Sciences
University Campus Suffolk Ltd

No School an Island – whose job to raise the bar?

The RSA has published its report and recommendations based on its Raising the Bar inquiry into under achievement in Suffolk Schools.

Its approach in establishing nine solutions panels indicated a promising break with the traditional ‘done too’ approach that is so common in these instances. By locating the problems and the solution so firmly in Suffolk it signalled one of the most important elements of the solution, that everyone in Suffolk, people and organisations, have a responsibility to help turn the situation around. This line is equally supported by Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council.

‘We believe that schools now need to open their doors more routinely and purposefully to a wider range of partners, engaging with employers to enable children and young people to have a richer understanding of, and engagement in, the world of work, and to involve the wider community, especially parents, in valuing education and raising
children’s achievement’.  Mathew Taylor CEO RSA

Cultural Intelligence, working with local Fellows of the RSA took the initiative in December 2012 forming Shout Out Suffolk to ensure that the voice of young people is present in the debate. Working with academics from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) we developed a programme of consultation receiving input from more than 500 young people and produced a report which was submitted as part of the evidence to the RSA inquiry.

Unlike the RSA inquiry, the focus of Shout Out Suffolk is about what we can do to support young people in Suffolk rather than what can be done to fix Suffolk schools. Both contribute to the same outcome.

Now Shout Out Suffolk is moving into a new phase where we will be developing and delivering projects to address some of the issues identified in our report. The next meeting is 6pm on 18th June at Coffee Republic on the docks in Ipswich. All welcome.

At Cultural Intelligence we will also be considering how we can use our skills to help young people and communities work collaboratively to help raise attainment.

‘No School an Island’ makes many recommendations with a strong focus on collaboration between schools and other organisations and parents. This is to be warmly welcomed. One would never expect to love all of the recommendations coming out of an inquiry like this but on the whole, we think there is some valuable work to be done off the back of this report.

No School and Island (full report)  No School and Island (summary report)

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by Christian age 13

Work begins for Red Rose

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Ci is to work with the award winning film and theatre company Red Rose Chain in the development of its innovative programme which helps people recover from habitual substance misuse whilst educating young people on the risks of using drugs.

We will be working with statutory commissioners to inform  the design of an evaluation which helps define the programme’s model of change and evidence its outcomes.

We will also be supporting the programme’s aim to inform the development of policy relating to recovery and drugs awareness. The programme is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Sammy’s Room is a main part of the programme’s education intitaitve.

Time to Shout

 

The time has come for Suffolk’s young people to shout out about what they think would enable them to have the future they want. Cultural Intelligence has been working with Suffolk RSA Fellows and University Campus Suffolk to develop an innovative programme to allow young people to make their voice heard in the policy and strategy that affects their lives. The programme has been inspired by the Raising The Bar initiative which seeks to improve learning in Suffolk.

Young people are invited to submit their views to an online scrapbook whilst those who work or volunteer with young people are invited to run an engagement session using a toolkit developed by Ci and UCS.Ci is now working with others on the next phases of the project which we hope will make the voice of young people LOUD across Suffolk. You can find out more here

True Stories|Real Value

A landmark in Ci’s two year social impact study for the addiction charity NORCAS has been reached with the publication of a summary report which brings together the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the study to provide a full picture of the difference made by three different NORCAS programmes to the lives of clients and to the work of the different sectors including health, criminal justice and local authorities.

Key outcomes from the programmes include: improved general health, increased self-respect and improved mental wellbeing, improved relationships with family and friends, a reduction in criminal and anti-social behavior, more stable housing situations, progress towards education, training and work and greater financial stability.

We have plans to revist the sample of clients involved in this study to learn more about how the effects of the programmes are sustained 12 months after a NORCAS programme ends.

The social return-on-investment for each programme ranged from 1:3 to 1:19. Full details are provided in technical report on the outcomes survey.

You can download the summary report here : True Stories|Real Value Summary Findings