Travel card zones 1-5: 60.20 Rent: 125 Electric: 20 Food: 20 Mobile: 2.50 Other essentials: 4 Total for one week: 205.70 Many care-experienced young people have no choice but to sacrifice their career aspirations in favour of quick cash-in-hand jobs. Growing up in care means having no family safety net, financial or emotional. Ill-equipped for independent living and the world of work, 40% of young care leavers are not in employment, education or training.
The fund enables care-experienced individuals to achieve their career aspirations; helping them overcome extreme hardship related to transitioning into employment and independent living. The cost of travel, lunch, suitable clothes, but also maintenance charge or urgent repairs can be a huge obstacle hindering a young person to progress. From bespoke career guidance, to effective crisis intervention, to financial support, we're committed to empowering care leavers to fulfil their full potential.
Unemployment, homelessness, and mental ill-health are all higher for young people leaving care. Learning how to budget needs money to start. Entering adult life needs encouragement, guidance, and occasionally a helping hand. Empower a young person and close the gap - allowing them to approach work not worrying about the basics of staying warm or getting enough to eat. This can make all the difference now and in the future. Help them learn, develop and become contributing members of society.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).