Members of the Leapfrog Team were invited to attend the monthly Lancashire County Care Leavers development forum on 17 Jan 2018 and shared eight different engagement tools.
Following previous contact with the Leapfrog project, the Leaving Care Team for Lancashire County Council worked with the Leapfrog Team in creating a specific workshop for their PA Team (Personal Advisors).
PA’s are employed to work and support individual care leavers on a one to one basis. Each PA has around thirty young care leavers that they give ongoing support. There are three Care Leaver groups working across the whole of Lancashire, covering the Northern, Eastern and Central regions of Lancashire.
For the event there were thirty PA’s present and they travelled To Preston Town Hall from across North, East, and Central Lancashire Teams. The team who specifically input into the delivery of the event were:
Jane Hylton (Leaving Care development officer)
Andreas Feldhaar (Team Manager, Leaving Care Service (PPA), North Lancashire)
Deana Riley (Professional Personal Advisor, PPA East)
Monica Hewitt (Professional Personal Advisor, PPA East)
For the Leapfrog we agreed to focus upon tools that support group work; This included facilitating group work, developing group work with young people, and tools that could be used in enabling young people to take a leading role in establishing their own forum. Jayne and Andreas brought into focus elements of PA engagement work that related to ASDAN, another tool which supported care leavers towards independent living. The workshop plan is attached to illustrate the format of the session.
There were eight tools that were used in the workshop and these included: Target Control, Role Bingo, Flow, Snapshot and Story.
The PA teams collectively worked in groups and investigated new ways to promote, generate awareness of, and implement activities for National their care leavers week, an annual event taking place each November.
Individual Action plans and toolkits were distributed to everyone at the end of the session for further sharing with other team members across the Lancashire region.