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Hertfordshire County Council

Lifelong Links

Building lasting relationships for young people in care and those leaving care.

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Lifelong Links for children in care

Lifelong Links helps to find and bring together people who care about you.

You can:

  • reconnect with family members and other trusted adults in a safe way. This could be people you already know, people you haven't seen for a while, or relatives you've never met.

  • learn about your family history.

It can provide you with supportive, stable relationships during and after your time in care.


Can I take part?

You can take part in Lifelong Links if you:


What happens next?

We'll give you a Lifelong Links Coordinator. 

They will:

1. Talk to you about who you want to build relationships with.

2. Help you complete activities to learn more about your background. This might include drawing a family tree, where you have lived and where you go to school.

3. Try to meet with your parents, and find the people you want to have in your life, if it is safe to do so.

4. Always keep you, your carer and your social worker updated on their progress.

5. Arrange a Lifelong Links Celebration Event with you and all the people who care about you.


Lifelong Links celebration event

Your Lifelong Links coordinator will invite you, your carer and social worker, family and friends to the conference. 



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Lifelong Links for care leavers

Lifelong Links is all about connecting you with those who care about you. It can help you:

  • Reconnect with family members and other trusted adults in a safe environment. This might include people you're familiar with, those you haven't seen in a while, or even relatives you've never had the chance to meet.
  • Discover more about your family's story and history.
  • Lifelong Links aims to provide you with strong, supportive relationships after your time in care, offering stability and understanding along the way.


Can I take part?

You can take part in Lifelong Links if you are leaving care or a care experienced young adult aged 18-25.

If you're interested in signing up, you can refer yourself to Lifelong Links or WhatsApp the team on 07815 021847.


What happens next?

We'll assign you a Lifelong Links Coordinator who will:

1. Help you explore your family history using timelines and family trees to identify who you want to reconnect with.

2. Support you in strengthening your relationships and organising meet ups with your chosen people, whether at 'family celebrations' or smaller, individual gatherings.

3. Develop a Lifelong Links Plan to outline the support your network offers. Your coordinator will regularly review this plan with you and your network.

4. Create a Journey Book for you containing your plan, photos, messages, and important details about your life.

Our coordinators are independent and don't make decisions about your future.

You can always work at a pace which suits you; there's no pressure to continue with the programme if you don't want to.


Care leaver support groups

Lifelong Links support groups give you the chance to meet other people in similar situations. You can bring along your PA for support and chat to a Lifelong Links coordinator over a slice of cake and a hot drink. You don't need to be signed up to Lifelong Links to attend.

Find upcoming sessions in: 

Hemel Hempstead

Liberty Tea Rooms
12 Bank Court
Hemel Hempstead
HP1 1BS.
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Tuesday 7 May, 10am - 12pm
Tuesday 21 May, 10am - 12pm
Tuesday 4 June, 10am - 12pm
Tuesday 18 June, 10am - 12pm
Tuesday 2 July, 10am - 12pm
Tuesday 16 July, 10am - 12pm

Find out more by email or WhatsApp 07815 021847.


Ralphie and Poppy's
2 Popple Way
SG1 3TG.
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Wednesday 15 May, 10am - 12pm
Wednesday 29 May, 10am - 12pm
Wednesday 12 June, 12.15pm - 2pm
Wednesday 26 June, 12.15pm - 2pm
Wednesday 10 July, 12.15pm - 2pm

Find out more by email or WhatsApp 07815 021847.


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