Cornwall Leaving Care and After Care Service
Centre Manager: John McConnell
Address: Enterprise House, St Austell Bay Business Park, Par Moor Road, St Austell, PL 25 3RF See on a map
What we do: Every young person in care reaches the time when they have to leave and become more independent, usually between the ages of 16 and 18. Just like leaving home for anyone else, this can be a difficult and traumatic time.
Our project provides personal advisers to a third of care leavers in Cornwall, giving them support and advice at this vital time. This includes a wide range of support, from helping them set up their first home to guiding them to appropriate services they can rely on when needed.
Challenges we face: In the UK many young people don’t move out until they’re in their mid-twenties or even their thirties or later. Many more return back home to their parents’ house after living away from home for a while.
For a young person leaving a children’s home, moving back is not an option. When they reach 18 their home is simply not theirs anymore, and they have to move on. This means that these young care leavers, who are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, are forced to make their own way much earlier than the rest of us. They can’t go back.
Our project is seeing more young people in need of our help, as public sector funding is cut and jobs become harder to find. Your support is needed now more than ever.