There are lots of external organisations that provide support advice and guidance for students from care-experienced backgrounds. We have highlighted a few of these below.
Become is a charity that provides support for young people in care and care leavers. They publish a series of factsheets covering topics such as financial support post-18, getting support to go to university, and understanding pathway plans. Become’s website, Propel, also provides information on the support available to you at colleges and universities across the UK.
Care Leavers’ Association
The Care Leavers’ Association is a charity aimed at improving the lives of care leavers of all ages. They run campaigns and projects, advocate for change at all levels of government, and provide training for a range of organisations. The Young People’s Project offers advice and support on Leaving Care rights and entitlements, as well as signposting to services that can offer assistance.
Listening Works is a virtual listening service for care leavers aged 18–27. Care leavers can contact the service by phone, text message or webchat and one of their team of trained volunteers will respond.
National Network for the Education of Care Leavers
The NNECL website provides information on events and further resources.
Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland works on behalf of care-experienced young people to influence change in Scotland, ensuring their voice is heard on the issues that matter to them.