Talent Match Staffordshire’s focus in 2019 is to target and support those young people who most need our support, particularly those with the greatest number of barriers to overcome, and it has become increasingly clear to us as an organisation that Care Leavers are those young people.
Why Care Leavers?
Care leavers represent those young people who have spent time in foster or residential care, or in other arrangements outside of their immediate or extended family before the age of 18. They can be particularly at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) as there is often a need for additional transitional support upon graduating from the care system to an independent adult life.
Upon ageing out of the care system, Care Leavers must navigate their way through complex systems and processes that include tenancies, accessing benefits, managing their education, battling poor mental health and managing their finances.
Additionally, Talent Match Staffordshire’s “test and learn” approach in supporting Care Leavers as part of our Youth Employment Support service, has highlighted the need for greater support in facilitating education, training and employment opportunities, and additional ongoing emotional and practical support.
In light of our findings, Talent Match Staffordshire’s “test and learn” programme has made a commitment to pioneering an innovative intensive support service working alongside the existing statutory services provided to Care Leavers by Staffordshire County Council.
The support we’re able to provide is holistic, covering:
For more information on the degree of support we can provide Care Leavers, please view a Case Study of one of our super-star Care Leaver beneficiaries, Bobbie.
“Future You” for Care Leavers
In addition to our personalised 1-2-1 support we also offer group sessions as part of “Future You”, our tried and tested development programme for Care Leavers.