The Cocoon was officially launched on 24th October 2017. The Cocoon is a safe space for young adults who are care experienced. It is also a place which fosters imaginative practice; supports and cultivates friendships between young people; supports and provides peer mentoring; and develops and offers true co-production
The Cocoon brings different professionals together to develop working relationships with care experienced young adults. The Cocoon allows different services in a safe and accessible environment, as well as, flexible resources that support young people dropping in and attending sessions by appointments.
The Cocoon normally opens Monday to Friday from 9:00am -5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm however due to Covid-19, The Cocoon is temporarily closed. We are running some events virtually (see below) and hope to have The Cocoon open again, in a safe way, soon.
Virtual Activities @ The Cocoon
Leaving Care Fitness Club (on Zoom)
This is led by a Young Person Advisor from the Leaving Care Team and is open to any care experienced young person aged 16-25. Session lasts for 90 minutes and allows a cross section of young people to safely get together and maintain physical, mental and social wellbeing. Contact email@example.com for more information.
MyBank Money Programme (on Zoom)
The Leaving Care team host a Virtual Money Work Programme money to help young people aged 16-25, who are in care or getting ready to leave, learn the basics around money management. The course aims to provide young people with the confidence and knowledge to start taking control of their finances. Those who complete the course will be awarded an e-certificate.
Services @ The Cocoon
Let’s Talk with Taiwo
Our dedicated Mental Health Practitioner is available to meet with our Young Adults at the Cocoon 3 days per week. We have called these sessions ‘Let’s Talk with Taiwo’ and young people have expressed that these sessions have been of real benefit. Whilst The Cocoon is closed please speak to your Pathway Coordinator or Young Person Advisor for information on how to access support.
Department of Work and Pensions
The DWP are based at The Cocoon once a week. This is an opportunity for young people to speak to them about their benefits and to ensure that they are receiving the correct support that they are entitled too. Whilst The Cocoon is closed please speak to your Pathway Coordinator or Young Person Advisor for information on how to access support.
An Income Officer from Housing holds a drop in service for young people to assist them with any housing needs, council tax applications and support with rent arrears. Whilst The Cocoon is closed please speak to your Pathway Coordinator or Young Person Advisor for information on how to access support.
Community Safety and Metropolitan Police
Community Safety Officers and local Police Officers (PC Stockman and PC Faulkes) hold a monthly drop-in to offer support and advice. Discussion on topics such as self-esteem, career development, police cadets and keeping out of trouble have already taken place. One young person was able to recall how she had made a very brave decision to stop hanging around with some young people who were influencing her to commit crime. She now is attending college and intends to go to university. This young person was commended by the police for her positive attitude and ambition to do well in life.