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Juno gears up its team and partners with UCLan

We are thrilled to announce that We Are Juno CIC partnered up with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as we build our teams and service – with our first home due to open in late 2022/early 2023!

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Following on from our recent investments from Wirral Council, The National Lottery Fund, KPMG Foundation and Segelman Trust (see Changing Children’s Homes for GOOD), Juno can now announce UCLan as our appointed Evaluation Partners.

Lowis Charfe, Senior Lecturer for the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership and Professor Cath Larkins, Co-Director of the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at University of Central Lancashire, will work alongside Juno’s Young Leaders and the staff team to evaluate the effectiveness of our project in its first year. Lowis and Cath are committed to supporting positive changes in care experienced children and young people’s lives and bring a great deal of skill, care, imagination and experience; we’re delighted to welcome them as part of the Juno family.
As well as appointing our Evaluation Partner, we have recently appointed a new Director of Care to help lead and shape our future homes, together with the support of Juno founders – public services redesign agency, Capacity. Now, we are looking to bring more great people into the team who are passionate about redefining better children’s care for the future.
Juno are now on the lookout for:
  • A Registered Manager, to manage and develop our first home in the Wirral.

  • A diverse team of caring people who will enrich the lives of the young people they are supporting every day.

  • A team of Young Leaders- care-experienced young people who will voice and shape the development of all of our homes, making sure that the care model really works for those who need it most – children and young people!

Sophie Clarke, Children’s Director at Capacity said “We’re deeply committed to creating a new and incredible service for young people growing up in children’s homes in Liverpool City Region. Of course, it’s no surprise (especially after the news of the recent care review) that how we deliver care for our most vulnerable young people and children locally and across the nation is in the need of a desperate shake up. We believe we are starting to build something truly special with the work we are doing for We Are Juno CIC and to keep this momentum up, we need great people on our team.

“We’re delighted to have partnered with UCLAN and we look forward to building the rest of the team. We can’t stress enough that we don’t want this just to be ‘fresh-look’ masking an old hat approach. We want to be different, challenge ourselves and make the biggest difference we can, listening closely to what young people are telling us most needs to change. If there are people out there who want to be part of this movement and campaign for real change, then we want them as part of the Juno team!”
Over the next five years, we plan to open ten local homes for children, starting with our first home in Wirral to open in late 2022/early 2023.