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The National Leadership Network


As part of its legacy work, the Life Changes Trust is kick starting a new 5-year initiative. The National Leadership Network (Young People with Care Experience) is the working title for this new project.

With a focus on leadership in all its shapes and forms, it aims to complement existing projects and networks and work with young people with care experience, their allies and supporters. 


What is the network? 

The aims of the network are:

  • to support the personal and professional development of young people with care experience in ways that suit their needs and aspirations 
  • to strengthen the relationship networks between and around young people with care experience
  • to provide opportunities to build alliances between young people with care experience, their supporters and other communities with a focus on sharing ideas and developing skills 
  • to support the development of active citizenship and democratic participation 

Although the network is at an early stage, it is vital for the success of the initiative that young people with care experience and their supporters and allies can play a full role in shaping the National Network and make decisions about its activities and approach to delivery from the beginning.


While the National Leadership Network is being funded and currently hosted by the Life Changes Trust, the network will go on beyond the life of the Trust as an independent entity, and with a new host. The new host, which will be selected via a grant-funding process, will deliver the Network from January 2022 until December 2026. Funding of £1m is available for this exciting new initiative and we’re keen to hear from a wide range of organisations.

We are hosting three workshops via zoom for potential hosts to find out more information about the Network, and hosting opportunities. These workshops will also allow practitioners to engage in collective thinking about the development of this network focusing on collaboration, and a regional and national presence with young people at its heart.

The dates for the workshops are:

  • 16th March 10-11.30am,
  • 17th March 1-2.30pm 
  • 18th March 6-7.30pm

For more information or to book a place please contact Lisa Thomson on the email below, or call her on 07922071403. 


If you would like to find out how you can be involved please contact us:

Gary Brown - National Leadership Network Development Co-ordinator

Email Gary

Lisa Thomson – Senior Development Officer

Email Lisa


You can also follow the network on twitter


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