National Gathering & AGM

This year The Care Leavers Associaiton will hold its National Gathering and AGM on Saturday 23rd March. The event will be held at Esea Contemprary, 13 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1EU. You are invited to join us for some lunch at 1:30 for a 2pm start. The theme for this year is Care Leavers Connected and we will provide updates on the status of our new project aimed at connecting care leavers over 25. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to focus group discussions about the direction of the project. We will also hold the Annual General Meeting for the charity which will give a general update on… Read More

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Become a Trustee of The Care Leavers Association

Have you ever considered becoming a Trustee of The Care Leavers Association (CLA)? Like most charities, we have two groups of people responsible for what we do. The first is the staff, who do the work. The second is the Board of Trustees. This is made up of volunteers. It sets the direction for the charity and oversees the work of the staff. The first thing you need to be a trustee of the CLA is to have been in care (in foster care or a children’s home or other forms of care) as a child. That makes us unique among charities in the UK. We welcome people on the… Read More

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National Gathering 2022

This year The Care Leavers Association will be holding its National Gathering and AGM on Saturday 19th of November in Manchester. I am pleased to be able to announce that we will be joined by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Donna Ludford. The reason we asked the Lord Mayor to come along is that she grew up in care in Manchester, so she is a fellow care leaver. Donna became the Mayor of the city in May of this year and she has been very open about her background in care. She went into care at the age of six months and lived in twenty different homes, either foster… Read More

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Darren Coyne

It is with great sadness that we announce that Care Leavers Association (CLA) Project Manager Darren Coyne has died this morning, after a short illness. Darren was one of a kind. He was a straight-talking Yorkshireman who cared passionately about improving the lives of care experienced people of all ages. Prepared to tell truth to power, he was also an amazing support worker for individual care leavers and for groups of care leavers. He could, and did, work with anyone in the cause of helping care leavers, from members of the House of Lords to young care leavers in the criminal justice system in need of support. Wherever he went,… Read More

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Photo Voice

We are working in partnership with Photo Voice to explore the perspectives of care-experienced young people of different ages across England and Wales. The project uses photography and storytelling as a tool for advocacy and self-expression, as participants reflect on their perspective of what they need from relevant support services and provisions. We are looking for care leavers over 25 to take part in workshops for the next stage of the project which will provide participants opportunities to learn photographic storytelling skills to reflect on, and respond to, other participant insights into the care system. This is open to people with no photography skills and those with photography skills. Information… Read More

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CLA Goes Virtual

From Saturday 15th August The CLA will move to being a virtual organisation. Our Manchester office lease was up for renewal at an increased rate. This coupled with our experiences of working from home during Covid-19 led to trustees to take the decsion to move to a virtual setting. All of the team are now working from home. Our legal address is First Floor, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW. Post will still reach us at this address but may take a few days longer than normal. Our new telephone number is 0161 826 0214. We are using a virtual telephone system. All calls will be sent to… Read More

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