Portsmouth City Council is proud to announce its participation in National Care Leavers Week, a nationwide initiative aimed at celebrating care leavers, amplifying their voices, raising awareness of their challenges, and encouraging policy and practice change. This year, the week-long campaign will run from Wednesday, October 25, to Wednesday, November 1, and will shine a spotlight on the remarkable journeys of care leavers.

As a symbol of our commitment, Portsmouth City Council will illuminate the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Guildhall purple and blue throughout National Care Leavers Week. This striking visual display will serve as a beacon of support and recognition for the care leaver community, demonstrating that they are wanted and welcomed in Portsmouth.

National Care Leavers Week is dedicated to honouring the resilience and strength of care leavers as they transition into adulthood. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the challenges they face and to work together toward positive change in the care system.

The Care Leaver Covenant, a program designed to support care leavers aged 16-25 in their quest to live independently, plays a crucial role in this initiative. Comprising members from the private, public, and voluntary sectors, the Covenant has made various pledges of support, each aimed at providing additional assistance for those leaving the UK’s care system.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “Care Leavers Week is an important reminder that care leavers are wanted and welcomed into our organisations in Portsmouth. Our city is committed to standing with care leavers, amplifying their voices, and working collectively to address the challenges they may face. By lighting up an iconic building in their honour, we symbolise our support for care leavers and our dedication to creating a more inclusive and caring community.”