Also if you know of other opportunities we should add to the list contact us and let us know!
The Children’s Commissioner’s Help at Hand team is also here to support you on a on a wide range of issues including housing, financial support, education, and access to your full leaving care package. Help at Hand offer free independent advice, assistance, and representation. They particularly help with cases where you aren’t getting the support you are entitled to.
Smart Works is a brilliant charity providing career coaching, one-to-one interview support and clothes for interview for unemployed women or women on 0 hours contracts. My office are referrers so care levers or professionals working with them can contact Help at Hand or IMO If they would like to be referred (Help at Hand or IMO: [email protected]). We have shared more in our video with Kim, a care-experienced Project Manager on the Civil Service Fast Stream currently working with Smart Works.
There are lots of other organisations and children in care councils who share support for care leavers and help with employment which can be googled, there is some information on Hounslow’s website about how to do this, but check out your own local council for more information.