Voices From Care

Voices From Care

Cardiff-based charity Voices from Care support young people in Wales who are or have been in care.  A Lloyds Bank Foundation Enable grant of £13,200 over two years supports the costs of consultancy to help the charity implement training of governance responsibilities and develop an income generation strategy.

Dan has been involved with Voices from Care for a number of years:

“When I first came here, I didn’t know anything about it and found it all a bit scary, but since I’ve come it’s been great. I’ve grown so much in confidence and my self-esteem is way up. We have a saying here from Lilo and Stitch "Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind.... or forgotten. It sounds cheesy but it really does feel like that here."

“I don’t want to think about where I’d be without Voices, but it would be a much worse situation. They’ve helped me with personal things, budgeting, practical stuff – just all sorts of support. They make me feel like I’m worth something and if I hadn’t come here I wouldn’t have anything to be proud of, or much purpose. I want to go into youth work to give back and help other young people get out of the cycle of being caught up in the wrong things.”

The charity also benefitted from Enhance support and was matched to a Charity Mentor from Lloyds Banking Group.

“Ian is going to help me conduct risk analysis of our governance and the organisation. He’s also someone I can offload to and I’m looking forward to hearing his insights. Our consultant Richard, who we’ve received through our Enhance support has been fantastic. He’s helped us to develop our fundraising strategy, strengthen our governance and this support has cascaded to our mentoring committee.” Deborah Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive

Ian Harvey, Relationship Manager at Lloyds Banking Group added:

“I signed up to Charity Mentoring because I’ve always been involved in charity work, and found the idea of transferring skills really appealing. We’re currently prioritizing the best way I can share my knowledge with the charity, perhaps by helping it strengthen its governance and develop.”