Care Leavers

At Sutton Virtual School, we believe learning doesn’t stop when you leave formal education and should be a key part of adult life as well.  As a Care Leaver, you can continue to receive advice and guidance from Sutton Virtual School to support your future educational and career ambitions in adult life.  If you need support with applications, funding for qualifications or just want some general educational advice then we would be happy to support you.



Below are a range of links to organisations who may also be able to help you further progress your education.

Care Leavers’ Foundation

Grants  up to £400 to care leavers aged 18-29 –  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.


Buttle UK

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.

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


General Care Leavers organisations

Charity Become

Freephone 0800 023 2033


Drive Forward Foundation

T: 020 7936 3685

Dress for Success (for women)

Smart Works (for women)

Suited & Booted (for men)