The following charities provide help and support for Care Leavers on a variety of topics.
Care Leavers’ Foundation
External funding – awards grants of up to £400 to care leavers aged 18-29 for things such as household items, emergency living expenses, education costs, medical needs, training and employment.
Capstone Care Leavers Trust
Awards grants of £300-£2,000 to care leavers aged 17-25, for education courses and equipment (including travel), driving lessons/tests and household items.
Awards grants of up to £2,000 to estranged young people aged 16-20 for support with education, employment and training, setting up home, and improving emotional and physical wellbeing.
Applications should be made by statutory or voluntary organisations on your behalf.
The Spark Foundation
Awards grants of up to £600 to care leavers up to age 25 for setting up home, education/ employment, skills and interests. www.sparkfoundation.org.uk
Lawrence Atwell’s Charity
Awards grants of £100-£1,500 to young people aged 16-26 to help with training courses, including buying equipment, living expenses during the course and fees for tuition, enrolment or exams.
The Prince’s Trust
Awards grants for young people aged 17-25, working fewer than 16 hours, or in education for fewer than 14 hours per week, to help with getting into work, education or training; loans are also on offer to help you start a business.
Is a grant search tool. Enter your postcode for info on grants you could apply for.
Struggling to pay utility bills?
Some major providers have debt relief funds. See which ones, and how to apply at www.charisgrants.com.
General Care Leavers organisations
Freephone 0800 023 2033
Drive Forward Foundation
T: 020 7936 3685
Dress for Success (for women)
Smart Works (for women)
Suited & Booted (for men)