The Capstone Care Leavers Trust (CCLT) awards grants to people aged 17-25 years who have been in Local Authority Care in England or Wales and are in need. As a 'Former Relevant' care leaver.
A care leaver is a young person between the ages 16-25 who lived in care for a minimum of 13 weeks since their 14th birthday.
The CCLT also offers advice and guidance to young people to help reduce their experience of social exclusion and enhance their life chances.
The Capstone Foster Care group, has historically made donations to charities that work to assist disadvantaged young people to help them get started in adult life. The creation of The Capstone Care Leavers Trust has enabled young people who have been in local authority care to benefit from financial support not available elsewhere.
Many young people who have been in ‘Care’, either in Local Authority foster care placements or in children’s homes, are expected to live independently from as young as 16 years old. They do not have access to the same financial and family support systems that most young people experience, when able to continue living in the parental home as young adults. So many care leavers begin their adult lives with no family support at all, no-one to rely on, and minimal financial resources.
Typically, we would consider awarding grants for:-
- Further Education courses
- Higher Education courses
- Training courses
- Laptops - Evidence of enrolment wll be requetsed by the board.
- Study Material - Evidence of course will be requested.
- Driving lessons - subject to meeting criteria see guidelines before submitting.
- Household goods – Sofa, chairs, cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine, bed, wardrobe, drawers.
It is not however, the intention, or responsibility of the CCLT to replace grants, funding or any other types of financial support and services available to care leavers from statutory, or voluntary organisations. These areas of support must have been thoroughly explored before we are able to consider an application for a grant.
All information that you provide to us will be treated confidentially and will only be shared with third parties relevant to the decision making process. We will monitor outcomes of grants we make, in order to help us evaluate our effectiveness and improve our service for care leavers in the future.
If you are awarded a grant from Capstone Trust, we may contact you in the future to obtain feedback on how the donation received made a difference to you at the time and to see whether the goods that were purchased are still being used. This will better inform us to ensure the service we are providing is helpful in order to assist others in the future.
The Capstone Care Leavers Trust (CCLT) is a charity in England and Wales. As such its Trustees are free to make, or refuse grants within its officially registered areas of operation. A refusal is usually made with regret and often with explanation and/or advice. We are prepared to listen if you have got evidence that we have got something wrong. However, the Trustees’ decisions, usually communicated through the Manager, are final.
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