Moray Champions Board
Moray Champions Board was awarded initial funding of £223,707 for the period of April 2017 to March 2020. They were awarded further funding of £80,000 to run from April 2020 to March 2022.
Funding will support the development of Moray Champions Board for young people with care experience, enabling decision makers and Corporate Parents to engage with young people across the authority to hear about the issues that directly affect their lives – health, housing and employment, with the aim to improve the care system in Moray.
The Board creates a space and a vehicle so that the views, insights and ideas of young people with care experience can be heard in relation to what can help improve the care system in Moray.
It also helps develop relationships and understanding between young people and senior leaders to make sure that their experiences are acknowledged and understood. Corporate parents can then work imaginatively to improve the life chances, positive outcomes and opportunities for young people with care experience, so that they feel empowered and listened to.
More about the Champions Boards initiative
Champions Boards support young people with experience of care to work alongside those who make decisions about the care system. In this way, they are involved in the decisions that affect their own lives. Based primarily within Local Authorities, they are a vehicle for young people, Corporate Parents, and other professionals to come together with a shared goal. The aim is to ensure that services are tailored and responsive to the needs of young people with care experience. Champions Boards provide a powerful space for young people, elected members and key decision makers to come together, focussing on what works and what needs attention in their local area. Champions Boards build the capacity of young people to influence change, empower them by showing confidence in their abilities and potential, and give them the platform to flourish and grow.
Young people themselves set the agenda, learn leadership skills and advocate on behalf of their peers. They bring a vital dynamic that has a direct impact on decision-making in their own areas, and become engaged and active citizens as a result. The Champions Board approach is characterised by genuine relationships being formed between young people, staff, and Corporate Parents. This shift in culture from consultation to participation, from ‘doing to’ to ‘doing with’ is key in a Champions Board approach.
Champions Boards continue to be a fundamental part of the Life Changes Trust’s approach to creating transformational and sustainable change. In 2016, the Life Changes Trust invested over £2 million of funding for the first wave of Champions Boards. In 2017, the second wave was launched, bringing the total investment to over £4.4 million. The Trust now invests in 21 Champions Boards across Scotland and a national Network to support them.