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Virtual School Youth Workers

Hello – I'm Kerry (pictured left) and I'm Sam (pictured right) and we work with young people in care around Leicestershire as Youth Workers. I (Sam) also work as en Education Improvement Officer too. We are both work within the Virtual School. We mainly work with young people aged between 13 and 18 but sometimes offer activities suitable for younger ages (from about age 11+).

We organise lots of educational activities in the school holidays; these activities range from art or Theatre trips to outdoor activities or educational courses like food hygiene or first aid. We always aim to provide activities and trips that are fun but also help you to learn or improve on some of your skills. We want to help you enjoy a wide variety of activities that you might not otherwise be able to do.

You might want to try something new or to get some certificates and qualifications to help you create a great C.V, you might want to meet other young people in care and get to know them, or you might just want something more interesting to do in the school holidays. Whichever you want our holiday activities are for you!!!

Residential trips: We run trips for different school year groups over the summer holidays. These range from taking years 7&8 to Beaumannor for fully catered night away, to the Fox Academy Virtual School year 11 reward trip sailing on a Tall ship for a week!

With all our trips you will be able to gain an award when you complete 10 hours of activity (this usually means 2 days of activity) This does mean a little bit of paperwork while we are away but gives you the chance to build up a portfolio of awards which look great on a CV or college application!

Your Virtual School youth workers work closely with lots of other organisations to make sure that looked after young people get equal access to their youth projects. You can contact us if you are having trouble finding out about groups or if you need help with making sure you get a space on the projects. We have lots of contacts and may know a way you can skip the waiting list or pay a reduced fee!!

We work with organisers of large scale and nationally recognised projects like the National Citizen Service and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme as well as small local projects like the fire service fire-skills courses. If you want to find out more about these opportunities please drop us an email / text or call.

We can also help you find out about other things to do in the area - clubs to join or volunteering opportunities. If you have ideas of what you would like to do local libraries have lots of info of what's around, but if you need some help finding something to do get in contact - we'd love to help!

We also do one to one work with looked after young people who are having trouble at school, we can work one to one with you to try and help you stay in school, to build your self esteem or to help you with relationships and friendships. We will visit you either in school or your foster / residential placement or maybe in a youth centre or library to do this work and we will carry on until we agree with you that you no longer need this extra help.

We will listen to you and take time to get to know you and to help you achieve what you want to.

As well as helping you to succeed in school we can help you to find clubs or groups in your area that you can go to. We can help you to feel better about yourself and to be better at controlling your anger or anxiety if that is worrying you. We can work towards awards and qualifications with you too, as well as helping you to apply for college or jobs when the time is right.

If you really aren't getting on in school and you, your teachers and social worker feel you need to do something different we offer a one day a week alternative to school (the Blueprint project) – this is offered to young people after lots of discussion and agreement at a PEP (personal education plan) meeting with your teachers, the virtual school officers as well as you, your carer and your social worker.

We do some Maths and English work as well as PSHE and individual activities like cooking and topic work. We work towards a level 1 qualification in Employability and Personal Development which is recognised by Colleges.

Only a few young people need this help and if possible we prefer to work with you to stay in school rather than see you at Blueprint.

Contact us if you want to know a bit more about what we do – or to be added to our mailing list to find out about future holiday activities – we can't wait to hear from you!

Sam Langridge

Youth Worker

Tel: 07950355274

Email: sam.langridge@leics.gov.uk