A New Tomorrow: A Resettlement and Leaving-Care Resource for Residential Staff
Nicky Oates, Shelter.
STAR RATING: 4/5
Nicky Oates has put together a very useful resource of activities and guided conversations to help young people work through some of the emotional issues that they will face in independence, writes Mike Lane.
It takes the form of a file of activities that are carefully paced to enable and build on the strengths of a young person, both as individuals or in a group.
The aims are clear and achievable, and a young person could, I feel, gain confidence by working through them with a key worker, as they themselves recognise their own strengths.
The resource is supported by a CD of music and lyrics written by young people expressing their fears and aspirations about becoming independent they clearly have talent but musical taste is so personal that it may not appeal to everyone.
A New Tomorrow is a useful resource that promotes and enables young people to gain confidence to cope in independence and would be of value to key workers in residential care or even supported lodgings.
Mike Lane is the care leavers accommodation social worker for Bournemouth Council