Two amazing care leavers, who are also Young Advisors and apprentices at the Trust, Amy and Britney are encouraging other care leavers to aim and ‘reach for the sky’ the theme for this year’s National Care Leavers’ Week (Wednesday 24 to Wednesday 31 October).
Taking on the task of organising a week of activities for your peers is no easy task, but it hasn’t phased them.
Amy said: “We want it to be a fun week and we are hoping it will encourage some new faces to get involved in activities at the Trust. It is not just about having a fun, it also a chance for young people to tell us what is and isn’t working for them. As care leavers ourselves, it is a week that we would want to come to.”
Kicking the week off a day earlier, a group of care leavers attended last night's Rovers match. It marks the start of many sporting activities taking place throughout the week including laser-quest and go-karting. The events all aim to give young people the chance to try out new activities they may have never experienced before.
It’s not just about getting active and building new friendships along the way; practical advice will also be on hand for care leavers with drop-in events taking place at the Colonnades throughout the week on a range of topics including education, housing and health.
Marking the half-way point of the week, Saturday will be a day of culture as care leavers will go on a tour to see the works of some of region’s leading artists; including works by international artist Henry Moore at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and sculptures by Wakefield-born, Barbara Hepworth at the Hepworth Gallery.
Amy and Britney also hope to be turning up the heat with their weekly cooking session. And they are asking for your recipes. They are keen for new tasty recipes that can be cooked up quickly and easily at home without having to use any fancy kitchen gadgets or a long list of expensive ingredients. Ideally, the meals should be freezable too so they can be heated up later on in the week.
Britney said: “We want simple and healthy recipes our care leavers can easily and quickly cook up at home, when you live on your own you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.”
The cooking group focuses on teaching basic skills, such as cutting up veg to knowing how something is cooked properly, as well as creating tasty meals.
Amy commenting “I’m not much of a cook myself but I know some basics and have picked up recipes from watching videos on YouTube, so it is great to be able to help others to learn new skills.”
If you’ve got a recipe you want our care leavers to test out - it must cost no more than £5 to produce four portions – email your recipe to DCSTCommunications@dcstrust.co.uk