As we mark Care Day 2020, Includem reflects and considers what the implications are for Scotland’s most vulnerable children and families following on from the Independent Care Review that heard the voices of over 5,500 people. What is clear is the need for us to consider the wellbeing and happiness of our young people currently experiencing care as well as what this review means for the future of care in Scotland.
We are very excited to announce that we will be setting up a new project in West Dunbartonshire, thanks to the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities funding programme.
Over the next three years our ADAPT for Cashback project will work with 200 young people, providing an early intervention, one-to-one support service for 10-15 year olds who are at risk of becoming involved in offending behaviour.
ADAPT is being funded through a £807k grant from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme which takes money seized from criminals under proceeds of crime laws and invests them in projects to support young people.
Includem has donated £1000 from its own reserves to accelerate Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club’s fundraising appeal to replace their burnt out hut.
The Club was targeted by fire raisers back in November leaving the club without a base to store equipment. Two huts and items including tools, tables, chairs and a portable toilet were destroyed in the blaze at their off road course near Ballingry.
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do if it wasn’t for our staff. Our dedicated teams work tirelessly across the country, ensuring that as many young people and families get the support that they need to live better lives. This means that we don’t often get the chance to spend time with our colleagues from other offices. However, along with our Fun Day, our annual staff conference is one of the few times when we are able to get everyone together.
The staff conference is an opportunity to plan for the future, share achievements, acknowledge challenges, and catch up over a coffee!
A recent evaluation report by academics from the University of Dundee and the University of Massachusetts has found our Transition Support Service is “highly effective” in helping young people achieve independent living.
Our Transition Support Service exists to provide young people aged 14 – 25 years with additional support to confidently live an independent life, beyond Includem’s support.