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Children 6-15

When I first came into care I was scared but they made me feel safe at home and I felt part of their family. You might find it difficult to fit in but you will and people will understand if you don’t like it.

Living in Care Council

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Hello and welcome to the Living in Care Council (LinCC) section of the website, where you can find all there is to know about us and even how to join!

 

Meet the group

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Who are the LinCC?

The Living in Care Council (LinCC) is a participation group open to all young people in care aged 11 – 17 in Bromley to join. Our role is to represent the voice of Bromley’s care population, as we know that when you are in care it can often feel like everyone other than you is making decisions for you. We meet regularly for fun activities and to discuss how we can make care a better place and get our voices heard. We address these issues with Bromley’s Heads of Services, Elected Members and Senior Managers on your behalf and hold them accountable to making change.

What activities will you get to do if you join LinCC?

  • Meetup fortnightly with other young people in fun sessions to discuss relevant issues around being in care and act on our priorities.
  • Attend our annual training residential, full of fun packed outdoor activities and workshops.
  • Take part in regular fun activities such as going out to eat and bowling.
  • Be able to discuss your concerns and create change in the care system by meeting with Elected Members, Senior Officers and Heads of Service within the council.
  • Help us deliver fun events for children in care such as the Corporate Parenting Fun Day and Celebration of Achievement.
  • Get trained and paid to help us recruit new members of staff that will work with children in care such as Social Workers, Heads of Services and Foster Carers.

What are the benefits of joining LinCC?

  • You can increase your confidence, communication and presentation skills and many other aspects that will prepare you for employment and further education
  • You can make great friends who can support you and share advice as you may have similar experiences – at LinCC we are very supportive and friendly and treat each other like a family
  • Being part of the group will look really good on your CV and can increase your chances of getting into different positions in the future, such as university or employment.
  • You can get the opportunity to run for an elected position within LinCC such as the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Minute Taker or Publicity/Media Officer.
  • Most importantly – you get to have lots of fun!

LinCC’s Top 5 Priorities for 2019-2020

Every year at our training residential, we vote on our Top 5 Priorities for the year, which will set the agenda for our meetings and work we do throughout the year.

Our Top 5 Priorities for this year were:

  1. To follow up on the improvements made as a result of the Brightspots survey.
  2. To design and distribute the LinCC newsletter.
  3. To continue fundraising and use funds to deliver the Care Leavers project.
  4. To promote and support the building of trusting relationships with social workers.
  5. To be involved in the training and development of our corporate parents and the care population.

Below are some examples of the work we have been involved in:

To follow up the improvements made as a result of the Brightspots survey

  • We met with Cathy (Head of Service for Children Looked After and Care Leavers) to discuss the action plan for the Brightspots Survey results.

To design and distribute the LinCC newsletter

  • Here you have it…our third edition…

To continue fundraising and use funds to deliver the Care Leavers project

  • The group raised over £800 from the auction of their photography at the Fun Day and had a cake sale during care leavers week that raised over £300.
  • We have over £3000 in the budget and we’ve launched our house warming gifts project.

To promote and support the building of trusting relationships with social workers

  • We had a really good event planned for the 19th March that we had to cancel due to the Coronavirus. We will have it once lockdown is over…It will be a “speed dating” style event with social workers at the Pavilion. We have over 40 people registered to take part; it’s going to be an amazing event.

To be involved in the training and development of our corporate parents and the care population

  • LinCC did a presentation at the annual Children’s Social Care conference on the 4th November. The focus of the presentation was launching the new pledge and exploring the importance of building positive relationships with us.

Upcoming meeting dates

So as you know we are all on LOCKDOWN…but our Active Involvement Team has been doing our meeting virtually. If you would like to be involved please make contact.

 

If you would like to find out more about LinCC or join us for a meeting, please contact:

The Active Involvement Youth Worker: Jasmine Draxler

Tel: 020 8313 4324

Text: 07971003500

Email: jasmine.draxler@bromley.gov.uk

Keep your eye on this website for regular updates on new projects we have been working on and general advice about being in care. Overall, we stand up for young people in and leaving care! Our aim is to make care a better place for all looked after children and care leavers. We want to make them feel like everybody else.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Our Gallery

Residential  – Abbey Home Farm

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Christmas – Lights Tour and Dinner

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Residential – Avon Tyrrell

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email: LinCC@bromley.gov.uk

call: 020 8461 7869