Young Care Leavers Support
Most young people that have grown up in the care of the Local Authority start moving into independent living when they are 16 years of age. Choosing a life path and gaining independence is an exciting season in a young person’s life, but it can also prove to be daunting and vulnerable for many of those who have been Looked After.
Despite the incredibly self-sacrificing care and support given to these young people both practical and human resources are limited.
At hopespring, we aim to support our local authority and those vulnerable young people into independent living, and remind them that they have value and that there are those who care.
Each week, we provide in excess of 80kg of food to our Next Steps team.
The donation includes fresh vegetables and fruit, organic meats, some healthy ready meals, tinned and packaged foods as well as toiletries, household cleaning products, and any other items essential for getting settled into independent living.
In addition to that, every year for Christmas we run a special Christmas Appeal where we deliver over 60 luxury hampers and are delighted to provide every child in care in Sunderland (over 500 children and young people) a good fairly costly Christmas present at their annual Christmas party. (more information about this project here).
We also make it our business to provide gifts for all children at the local authority adoption party.
We know that life can be challenging for those leaving care but we also believe that these young people are filled with potential for hugely successful futures.
Our hope is that, in these small acts of kindness, we can remind care leavers that they are never alone and that they are capable of great things.
We are also able to support young people with a Debt Cancellation programme and in accessing routes to employment. We operate a job club, supporting young people by raising their aspirations, helping them apply for jobs as well as prepare for interviews.