If you need any help and support, you can directly contact:

  • your personal adviser (make sure you have their number saved)

  • a social worker in the Children in Care team on 0208 359 6001

  • a social worker or personal adviser at Onwards and Upwards on 0208 359 6220

  • a adviser within the Virtual School on 0208 359 4534

Support for care leavers

  • Become: freephone advice line for care leavers. Call 0800 023 2033, Monday to Friday, 10.30am–5pm, or visit www.becomecharity.org.uk

  • Capstone Care Leavers Trust: provides grants for care leavers aged 17–25. Visit www.capstonecareleaverstrust.org

  • Rees: The Care Leavers’ Foundation: gives advice, and financial and community support. Visit www.reesfoundation.org

  • Sir William Boreman’s Foundation: provides grants to help people under 25, who live in Greenwich and Lewisham, access education. Visit www.thedrapers.co.uk

  • The Skinner’s Company: provides grants and helps to access training. Visit www.skinners.org.uk

  • The Spark Foundation: provides grants up to £600 for young people in care and care leavers. Visit www.sparkfoundation.org.uk

  • Turn2us: helps people see what grants and benefits they can get. Visit www.turn2us.org.uk

  • National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) Web: www.leavingcare.org The latest news and information on all issues relating to transitions from care and care leavers are available of the NCAS website.

  • Benefits information Web: www.gov.uk The latest news and information on benefits will be available on this national website. You can search for individual benefits and use the ‘benefits calculator’ interactive tool that can help you find out what benefits you may be entitled to.

Employment and education

  • Drive Forward Foundation: helps care leavers to get into work. Visit ww.driveforwardfoundation.com

  • Princes Trust: provides support for jobs, training and education. Visit www.princes-trust.org.uk


  • The Money House: helps young people learn budgeting skills. Visit www.mybnk.org


  • My Health London: Visit www.myhealth.london.nhs.uk for information about NHS services.

  • NHS 111: 24-hour urgent care phone line on 111 (in emergency call 999). Visit ww.england.nhs.uk/urgent-emergency-care

  • Mind: mental health charity which offers advice and support. Visit www.mind.org.uk

  • Samaritans: call the free 24-hour helpline on 116 123. Visit www.samaritans.org