Y-POD is a three year Big Lottery funded project which will:

  • Champion a joined up approach to helping care leavers and young offenders to thrive
  • Improve access to housing, health and education, employment and training (EET)
  • Offer intensive one to one support that meets young people’s needs

The Y-POD team will work in partnership with local organisations to offer:

  • A single referral point for wrap around support in the three key areas: housing, health and EET.
  • Signposting and help to access existing services
  • Commissioning of new support and learning programmes to meet individual needs

Who is it for?

The project prioritises the most disengaged young people from Leicester City who are slipping through the net of both statutory and voluntary providers. The intensive support will focus on 16-17 year old looked after children (LAC) and 16 – 20 year olds on licence and/or leaving custody.


Y-POD offers a once in a generation opportunity to transform the way that voluntary and statutory agencies work together and the outcomes they can achieve for young people.

The Y is the lead agency working strategically in partnership with Leicester City Council, Connexions Leicestershire and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Meet the Team

Joseph Cox - Project Manager
Hannah Deignan - Lead Project Worker for Education
Jit Singh - Lead Project Worker for Health
Naomi Tansey - Lead Project Worker for Accomodation
Alyson Welsh - Project Administrator
Sokol Hoxha - YPOD Youth Engagement Worker

Be part of a ground-breaking project

Organisations and individual practitioners working in any of the three key areas are invited to contact the team to find out how to get involved. We are also looking for volunteer mentors, please see the jobs page or contact us for more information.

Young People's Shadow Board

The Young People's Shadow Board (pictured)will be actively involved in service design to ensure they are relevant and successfully help young people to progress in their lives. The board gives former looked after children and young offenders the opportunity for structured governance training and personal development.

Care, Crime, Chaos

Over 160 people attended Y-POD’s conference in September 2013 which explored how childhood histories impact on young people's transitions to adulthood. Read more in news.

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