Thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, we raised £11,833 to support care leavers across Hampshire!
On the 28th April we launched our We Care Appeal. Our teams were aware that the pandemic was having a huge impact on care leavers. There are worries over money, food, and a decrease in support networks. Aspirations were low and job searches had been cut short. There was a great sense of loss, loneliness, and many felt like there is no one to turn to.
In response to this, we wanted to increase the support our Step Forward programme was already giving to care leavers, offering those already engaged with us extra help and extending our support to more care leavers in need.
We asked you to create, donate and share to show you care, and you did not disappoint! Not only did we receive some great photos and drawings of the things you care about, but we managed to raise an amazing amount to support care leavers in need.
If you'd like to see more info about the appeal, and the amazing picture we received you can here!
We would like to also thank the Trusts who donated to help support our care leaver programme including the two funders of our pre-Covid Step Forward Programme Henry Smith and Blagrave, as well as the family funds, The National Lottery Community Fund and The Haberdashers' Benevolent Foundation for their support during the current crisis.
What have we done so far?
Since lockdown we have been able to provide extra support to those already supported by our Step Forward Programme, but we have been able to engage a further 10 care leavers who have contacted us for help. This has been both practically through deliveries of food and supplies, and emotionally by being a friendly and supportive voice on the end of the phone.
In total we have now:
- Supported 33 care leavers across the county.
- Delivered 54 food parcels.
- Run 7 weekly virtual group meet ups.
- Made 47 support calls.
- Spent £80 on educational resources.
- Trained 3 care leavers to be Youth Options volunteers.
Since government guidelines have changed we have also been able to meet up with young people outside, working with them one to one and encouraging activities such as tennis or drawing which has been vital to their mental and physical welling.
We will continue to help care leavers across the county.