Young Lives Leeds has issues an update on the tender for a Young Carers Support Service in Leeds:
The council and Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group jointly commission a city-wide young carers service in Leeds for people aged 7-17 years old, who are caring for a family member affected by physical illness, disability, mental illness or substance misuse. The service provided is known as Willow Young Carers (Willow) and is delivered by Barnardo’s. The service represents the only provision of its kind in the city for young carers. The current contract is due to end on 31st March 2020.
In line with the council’s contract procedure rules and EU regulations the council are required to undertake a procurement for a contract of this size, which must be open for all organisations locally and nationally to apply for. A tender was published in September 2019.
Following a rigorous and transparent evaluation process, which included a panel of young people, some of whom have experienced being a young carer, the contract was awarded to Family Action.
Family Action are a national charity committed to building stronger families and brighter lives through innovative and effective services and support to many of the UK’s most vulnerable people including young carers. They have an excellent track record of delivering a range of services to families and have the experience and expertise of running a similar service. Further details on Family Action can be found at www.family-action.org.uk.The contract will commence on 1st April 2020. Family Action have plans in place to develop a service which aligns closely with the Early Help Hub model, working collaboratively with partners to ensure seamless, co-ordinated and effective early help support for young carers across the city of Leeds.
The change in provider will result in some changes in service delivery. More details of the new service will be shared shortly
Leeds City Council will continue to work with Barnardo’s between now and the end of April 2020 to support the transition. We would like to thank Barnardo’s for their passion, commitment and investment in Leeds to improving the lives of young carers and their families over many years. The organisation has been and will continue to be a key partner and provider in Leeds, delivering a number of other vital services in the city. Willow has been a long established and highly valued service, known to a huge number of stakeholders across the city. Although this contract is now coming to an end, its legacy will continue.
Referrals between now and 1st April 2020
The current Willow young carer service is working at full capacity and is managing a waiting list which the staff team are working hard to provide support for. Therefore, between now and the end of March we would ask referrers to ensure they have considered all other support options available and possibly hold the referral (if there is no detriment to the young carer) until after 1st April, when the new service goes live. Willow are happy to discuss your referral and continue to provide information & advice and can signpost you to relevant services in the meantime. Our priority, and that of both Barnardo’s and Family Action, is to ensure young carers and families are supported throughout this period of transition.
Over the coming weeks and months the commissioning & market management team will be working closely with Family Action on the mobilisation of the contract to ensure a smooth transition for all staff, volunteers and families affected by the change. Further detailed information on the service to be provided by Family Action will be available shortly.
We’d be grateful if you could share this with your colleagues/teams as you feel appropriate.
If you have any queries please contact Catherine Henderson, Commissioning Programme Manager at email@example.com.
This information is directly from the Young Lives Leeds update. If you would like to find out more or to subscribe to the Young Lives Leeds ebulletin, see doinggoodleeds.org.uk/young-lives-leeds/