News

31.1.23

Hub Update

You may be aware that MD are leaving their building where we are based.  Unfortunately, that means that we will need to relocate also.  We will remain where we are in the short term, but as from now we will only be able to open from 10-4.  Please be assured that we are looking at a number of alternative venues and your PA will let you know anything further as it develops.  We can also still be contacted by phone, email and Instagram as well as in person.  

 

 

24.1.23

Warm Space at the Hub

Don't forget, you are welcome to use the Hub as a warm space if you are struggling with your bills.  It is open from 9-5, Monday to Friday.  No appointments needed, just turn up.  There is WiFi available and we have laptops that can be used if needed.  Hot drinks are available and limited catering facilities.

 

24.1.23

Corporate Parenting Opportunity

Our service is leading a group on the Corporate Parenting Forum specifically looking at Transition and Preparation for Adulthood.

The purpose of this is to:

  • To support the development of improvements in outcomes for children who are looked after and care leavers
  • The workstream will identify key priorities and set out its work plan, with measurable outcomes and report on progress.
  • The workstream should offer advice, support and challenge to secure sustainable improvement.

If you would be interested in getting involved in this group and feeding back progress to the Corporate Parenting Forum, please speak to your PA and we give you further details about what would be involved.  You would need to commit to meeting monthly, with some independent preparation/research away from the meeting.

23.1.23

Education, Employment and Training drop in sessions

Some of you will have met Bex by now who is our new education, employment and training team member.  Just a reminder that she will be at the Hub every Wednesday afternoon if you want to come along and get any advice about developing your career, writing a CV or just taking those first steps back into education.  No appointment needed, just turn up.  If Wednesday is a problem for you, please speak to your PA and we'll arrange an individual time for you to meet.

 

20.1.23

Forum at the Hub

Many thanks to those who came last night - some great ideas expressed about how we can all do things differently, with a focus on our pledges and the setting up home allowance.  

 

13.1.23

Forum at the Hub

The next care leaver forum will take place on Thu 19 Jan from 5-6pm at the hub.  No appointments necessary, just turn up.  Issues we will be looking at are the pledges we make to our care leavers and the setting up home allowance, but any other discussions and ideas are welcome.  If you can't make it and still want to have your say, please speak to your PA.

 

12.1.23

Education, Employment and Training drop in sessions

Every Wednesday afternoon, Bex - our new team member - will be holding drop in sessions at your Hub.  No appointment needed, just come along for any advice on job searching, CV writing, courses to help build skills and confidence etc.  If you can't make Wednesday's, please speak to your PA who will arrange a specific time with Bex to meet up and have a chat.

 

11.1.23

Man U v Liverpool U21's

We've just become aware that there are free tickets available at Leigh Sports Village, this Saturday at 5pm for Man U v Liverpool U21's.  You'd need to make your own way and claim a ticket in advance at:  https://www.leightickets.co.uk  There's no tickets available on the gate.  

 

10.1.23

Christmas Review

If you've got any feedback as to how we can improve the Christmas Hampers/Party to make it even better, please let your PA know or email us at futuresteamfeedback@sthelens.gov.uk 

 

10.1.23 

Community Pantry

There are now 5 community pantries across the town with more planned to open soon.  You pay £4 and can get £20 worth of food, with a wide choice available to cater for all dietary requirements.  If you are interested in registering please speak to your PA for further information.

 

3.1.22

Hub Reopening

Hi all - hope you all had a good Christmas.  Just a reminder that the hub will reopen on Thu 5th Jan at 9am.  Don't forget you can use it as a warm space, we have a clothing bank and you can access free toiletries if required.   We look forward to welcoming you back :)

 

21.12.22

Christmas Meal

Many thanks to all those who came to the meal yesterday at the town hall.  It was great to see so many of you there and we hope you had a good time.  We will upload some photos to the Instagram account.  Please note the dates the Hub is closed (see below) and the contact details, but we hope you all have a great Christmas.  Best wishes from all at the Futures Team.  

 

18.12.22

Hub Closure

Your Hub will be closed from Wed 21 Dec, reopening on Thu 5th Jan.  We will still be running our duty service on normal working days - it is just the building that will be closed.  We can be contacted as usual by phone, email or Instagram.  On the bank holidays (26, 27 Dec and 2 Jan), any urgent enquiries would need to go through the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 050 0148.  

 

16.12.22

Christmas Meal/Party 20 Dec, 2-4pm

The Care Leaver Christmas Party will take place at the Town Hall on Tuesday 20 Dec from 2-4pm.  If you have not confirmed with your PA, please do so ASAP.  Thanks! 

 

9.12.22

Food Pantry

If you are finding it difficult with the current cost of living crisis, you can become a member of a Food Pantry. This is where you pay a £4 subscription, but can get £20:00 worth of food.  It is not like a food bank which you would need voucher to access.  If you are interested, please speak to your PA for further details. 

 

9.12.22

The Cost of Living - hints and tips

Just a reminder that we've put together a short guide on things you can do in your home to help cut down on your household bills this winter.  Everything there will save you money and none of them cost anything.  You can find it under the 'Cost of Living/Post Coronavirus section.  If you have any other suggestions then just let us know :)

 

9.12.22

Clothing Bank at the Hub

Just a reminder that we have a selection of good quality used clothes at the hub.  Please come along and take anything you may need.  If you have any good quality clothes you no longer want, please let us know!

 

9.12.22

Christmas Meal/Party 20 Dec, 2-4pm

The Care Leaver Christmas Party will take place at the Town Hall on Tuesday 20 Dec from 2-4pm.  Your PA will be in touch with to invite you and to get your meal preferences.  Save the date :)

 

8.12.22

Leaving Care Pledges

Over the last few months, we have been working on updating our pledges to our care leavers.  If you would like to get involved in this and make any additional suggestions, please speak to your PA.

 

7.12.22

Christmas Video

If you want to become involved in the Futures Team Christmas video, please speak to your PA about when to come down to the hub :) 

 

6.12.22

Warm Space at the Hub

With the cold spell we are currently experiencing, your Hub is a warm space where you can come, relax, keep warm and save on your bills.  Feel free to drop in at any point.

 

17.11.22

Setting Up Home Allowance

Some of our care leavers are putting together a proposal to request an increase to the setting up home allowance.  If you would like to be part of this or if you have any ideas/suggestions, then please speak to you PA. 

 

16.11.22

Christmas Meal/Party 20 Dec, 2-4pm

The Care Leaver Christmas Party will take place at the Town Hall on Tuesday 20 Dec from 2-4pm.  Your PA will be in touch with to invite you and to get your meal preferences.  Save the date :)

 

3.11.22

£400 energy discount from the government - Energy Bills Support Scheme

By now, if you live independently, you should have received your first £66 help towards your energy bills.  However, if you have a traditional prepayment meter you may have been sent a voucher by text, email or post.  Please ensure you check your mail and don't lose out on this.  Vouchers must be redeemed within 90 days of issue.  If in doubt, please speak to your energy provider or ask your PA for help.  You should receive £66 in October and November and £67 in December, January, February and March.

 

2.11.22

From the Ground Comes Light - Fire and Light Spectacular

We have several places left for the show at Saints on Saturday evening.  If you would like to come, please speak to your PA.

 

19.10.22

Arts and Crafts

The next art and craft session at the hub with Carole and Amy will take place at the Hub on Friday 21 October from 11.30 - 1.30.  No need to book and no experience needed.  All welcome :)

 

17.10.22

Rugby League World Cup - Urgent

Tonga v Papua New Guinea at Saints, Tue 18 Oct, 7.30 KO

We have been given an extremely limited number of tickets for the Tonga v Papua New Guinea men's rugby league world cup group game at Saints tomorrow evening.  If you would like a pair of tickets, please speak to your PA urgently.  You would need to be able to collect them from the hub before 5pm tomorrow and be able to make your own way to and from the game.

 

14.10.22

Opportunity for Interviews

If you would like to be part of a young person's interview panel to help select an education adviser for our team, please let your PA know.  Interviews are proposed to take place on 3 Nov in the afternoon, subject to change.  This is a great opportunity and always looks good on a CV.

 

10.10.22

Forum at the Hub this Thursday

Don't forget the Forum at the hub this Thursday from 5pm.  All welcome - no appointment needed.  Come and have your say about how we can do things differently for all our care leavers.  

 

 

7.10.22

Escape Room - Liverpool

On Tuesday 18 October we are running a trip to an Escape Room in Liverpool.  Places are very limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.  We will be leaving from the hub at 2.45pm and will be back in St Helens about 7pm.  There is no charge and transport will be provided.  If you would like to come please speak to your PA as soon as possible, but please make sure you are available and can attend at those times as any 'no shows' are unfair on those who may miss out once the trip is fully booked.  

 

30.9.22

The Cost of Living - hints and tips

We've put together a short guide on things you can do in your home to help cut down on your household bills this winter.  Everything there will save you money and none of them cost anything.  You can find it under the 'Cost of Living/Post Coronavirus section.  If you have any other suggestions then just let us know :)

 

15.9.22

Clothing Bank at the Hub

We have a selection of good quality used clothes at the hub.  Please come along and take anything you may need.  If you have any good quality clothes you no longer want, please let us know!

 

15.9.22

Arts and Crafts

Don't forget the arts and craft session at the hub tomorrow from 11.30.  All welcome!

 

15.9.22 

Fishing Trip

If you are interested in joining Ste on a fishing trip, please let your PA know.  This would be a full day - very early to very late at Acton Bridge in Cheshire.  Given the length of time we would be there, some knowledge and interest in fishing would be beneficial.  Date and time TBC.

 

13.9.22

Bank Holiday on 19.9.22

As next Monday is now a bank holiday due to the Queen's funeral, MD Creatives and therefore the hub will be closed for the day.  We will reopen as normal on Tuesday 20th.

 

13.9.22

Arts and Crafts

The next art and craft session at the hub with Carole and Amy will take place at the hub on Friday 16 September from 11.30 - 1.30.  No need to book and no experience needed.  All welcome :)

 

12.9.22

Corporate Parenting Meeting

If you would like to attend the meeting this evening, please speak to us as soon as possible - it is your opportunity to speak to elected members and senior managers about your experiences and how things can be done differently!

 

12.8.22

Oulton Park Race Day

There are very limited spaces to attend a race day at Oulton Park with Ste on Friday 26 August. It would mean a very early start, but we will provide breakfast!  You would spend a full day there, but have access to the pit lane and wider circuit.  Some interest/knowledge of motorsport would obviously be beneficial to help you get the most out of the day.  If you are interested, please let us know.

 

 

12.8.22

Art and Craft Session at the Hub

The next art and craft session at the Hub will be on Friday 16th September, with Carole and Amy from 11.30 - 1.30pm.  Please just come along, or ask your PA if you need any further information.

 

12.8.22

Corporate Parenting Meeting

The next corporate parenting meeting will be held on Monday 12 September, from 4-6pm at the town hall.  If you would like to attend to have your views represented, please speak to your PA.  Feedback from those who have been before has been most positive.

 

20.7.22

Forum at the Hub tomorrow

Don't forget the Forum at the hub tomorrow from 5pm.  All welcome - no appointment needed.  Come and have your say about how we can do things differently for all our care leavers.  

 

19.7.22

Interview Panel

Many thanks to those who sat on the interview panel today for the Deputy Director position.  Your input was much appreciated and we'll let you know who was the successful candidate.

 

6.7.22

Deputy Director of Children's Services Interviews

We have a young person's panel to help select the Deputy Director of Children's Services on July 19th.  We have been working on interview questions, so if you have a question you would like asking in the interview, please let your PA know.  We would need to get the questions ready by July 12th.

 

5.7.22

Sexual Health Advice

Our sexual health advice worker from St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals Contraception and Sexual Health Service will be in the hub tomorrow morning and the first Wednesday of every month.  No appointment needed and you can speak in confidence.  For advice outside of these times, please speak to your PA who can help you access services if needed.

 

5.7.22

Mindfulness Session at your Hub.

The first mindfulness session will take place at the Hub on Friday 15th July from 12 onwards aimed at promoting positive mental wellbeing.  For further information, please speak to your PA.

 

 

5.7.22

The next Jobs Fair is 18th July 11am – 1pm

St Helens Chamber Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair

Whatever stage of your career you’re at, come along to our Jobs Fair and meet local employers with vacancies to fill!

The National Careers Service team will be on hand to help you apply for local vacancies, and we can help you add to your CV with our range of FREE short courses.

https://www.sthelenschamber.com/startingpoint/jobs-fair-st-helens-chamber/

 

 

1.7.22

Christmas Hampers/Gifts

Although it's many months away, the Christmas preparation has already started.  Many thanks to Innovate Services for their very generous donation towards our Christmas plans.  Innovate's vision is to enable brighter futures for all vulnerable children and families they support and they will certainly make a difference to us this coming Christmas.  Their website is: www.innovateservices.com

 

 

29.6.22

Lifeskills Development Programme

There are still opportunities for a few volunteers to offer their opinions and suggestions as to how the life skills programme can be improved before it goes live and to help look for any bugs in the process.  If you want to get involved, please speak to your PA or email futuresteam@sthelens.gov.uk

Many thanks :)  

 

If you have already volunteered, please access the trial system using the following link:

Life Skills Programme

 

 

28.6.22

The Vision

Well done to our care leavers who were part of the launch of The Vision today.  You were absolutely amazing!

 

 

23.6.22

Care Leaver Forum tonight

Don't forget the care leaver forum tonight from 5 at the hub.  All welcome.  Just call in!

 

 

22.6.22

Lifeskills Development Programme

We are almost ready to go with the lifeskills development programme.  We need a few volunteers to offer their opinions and suggestions as to how it can be improved before it goes live and to help look for any bugs in the process.  If you want to get involved, please speak to your PA or email futuresteam@sthelens.gov.uk

Many thanks :)  

 

If you have already volunteered, please access the trial system using the following link:

Life Skills Programme

 

 

21.6.22

Ofsted Consultation

If you want to help shape the way Ofsted inspect leaving care services then please see the link below:

Ofsted launches consultation on care leavers inspection judgement - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

 

20.6.22

Name our starter flats

Some of you may know that we will be having some starter flats later in the year, but we need a name!  If you've got any suggestions please let your PA know, or email futuresteamfeedback@sthelens.gov.uk

Use you imaginations, but it should perhaps be St Helens related if possible.

 

 

18.7.22

Deputy Director of Children's Services Interviews

On Tuesday July 19th, we will be holding a young person's interview panel to help select the new Deputy Director of Children's Services.  If you would like to be part of this panel then please let your PA know.  If you don't want to be on the panel, but have an interview question you would like asked, please let them know also.  The group who attended the Director interviews this week found it a great experience! 

 

 

15.6.22

Care Leaver Forum

Want to make any suggestions as to how we can do things better? Got any good ideas about things we can do or other services we can work with?  Please let us know.  We are holding our next forum on Thursday 23 June from 5-6.30 at your hub on Barrow Street.  Feel free to pop in.  All suggestions welcome!

 

If you can't attend in person, please speak to your PA or you can submit any feedback/comments/suggestions at futuresteamfeedback@sthelens.gov.uk

 

 

14.6.22

Director of Children's Services Interviews

Many thanks to those who sat on the young people's panel for the selection process to recruit our new Director of Children's Services.  Your input to this process is much appreciated.

There will be other interview panels coming up so if you are interested, or just have any questions you think should be asked, then please let your PA know.

 

26.5.22

Engagement/Feedback Session

Thanks to those who came tonight.  Your comments are as valued as ever!

 

25.5.22

Engagement/Feedback Session

Don't forget the engagement/feedback session the Hub tomorrow evening - Thu 26 May from 5pm.  No appointment needed - just turn up :)

 

23.5.22

Corporate Parenting Board

Many thanks to the 3 who came to speak to speak to the Corporate Parenting Board tonight.  They were all very impressed with what you said to them and we hop you found it an empowering, positive event.  

If anyone else wants to get involved at future events, please let your PA know!

 

20.5.22

Corporate Parenting Board

On Monday 23 May, we have a group of Care Leavers speaking to the 'Corporate Parenting Forum'.  If you have any issues you would like raising then please speak to your PA and we will ensure your voice is heard!

 

18.5.22

Management Interviews

Do you want to be part of the interview process to help select senior managers within children's social care?

No experience is necessary, but you must be able to commit to a full day (date TBC in June).  You will sit on a panel of care leavers and ask the questions that matter to you.  You can even write the questions!  Please speak to your PA for further details.

 

10.5.22 

Feedback

Want to make any suggestions as to how we can do things better? Got any good ideas about things we can do or other services we can work with?  Please let us know.  We are holding a forum on Thu 26 May from 5-6.30 at your hub on Barrow Street.  Feel free to pop in.  All suggestions welcome!

 

If you can't attend in person, please speak to your PA or you can submit any feedback/comments/suggestions at futuresteamfeedback@sthelens.gov.uk

 

10.5.22

Rounders Team

One of our care leavers is interested in setting up a local rounders team.  If you would be interested in joining then please let your PA know.

 

1.5.22

Come and visit your Hub!

Your hub in the town centre is now open.  It is based at MD Creatives, Barrow Street WA10 1RX.  A duty PA will be based there during normal office hours.  Please feel free to call in.

 

18.4.22

Retro Gaming

Thanks to all those who came to the recent retro gaming activity.  We hope you enjoyed it!  Any other suggestions for activities are always welcome :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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