The Care Champions

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The Care Champions are a group of care leavers aged 18-25 who meet regularly to discuss important issues that are important to care experienced adults. They make sure the views of care leavers have influence over the way care services are run. The group also assist Waltham Forest with a number of key influencing activities:

Recruitment of staff

The Care Champions are regularly involved in the recruitment of new members of staff. Over the past year they have been involved in the recruitment of Team Managers and Leaving Care Coaches.

Training of staff

The Care Champions are currently developing a half-day training for Leaving Care staff and other professionals to give them an insight into what it is like to be a care leaver in Waltham Forest. It will be led by members of the Care Champions with limited involvement from the Voice and Influence Service. The training will allow participants a chance to be trained by the young people they work with.

Membership of scrutiny boards

In their role representing the voice of care experienced young people, the CiCC and Care Champions are members of the Corporate Parenting Board. Working with elected members and other senior managers the CiCC and Care Champions provide vital insight and contributions to the board.

Trips & days out

The group also take part in a number of fun activities when not undertaking influencing activities. Over the past few year’s trips have included: go karting, Top Golf, meals out and bike rides.

And as a little extra incentive…

All the direct influencing work that the Care Champions assist with is incentivised with vouchers payments.

Interesting in joining the Care Champions?

If you’re interested you can speak to Toye Oloyede by phone 07918771077 or email Toye.oloyede@walthamforest.gov.uk

If you don’t want to join the Care Champions you can still expect to hear from us. We send out questionnaires to all care leavers so that they can tell us what you think about leaving care – look out for these because you can earn vouchers for completing them and it helps to influence the service you receive.

We also send you information about events that we have got coming up so you can get involved if you want to.