Einir your Care Leaver contact in our Advice & Money Team tells us more about National Care Leavers Week and the support available at Cardiff University …
Between the 22nd – 30th October 2015, charities and different organisations around the UK will be celebrating National Care Leavers Week. This week is about highlighting the needs of care leavers and encouraging the agencies responsible for looking after children and young people to work in a coordinated and effective way. To celebrate National Care Leavers Week, we are looking for volunteers to be part of a video highlighting the support available to care leavers and estranged student at Cardiff University.
Would you like to help us increase the number of students who have either been in care or are estranged from their family attending University?
We are committed to increasing the number of students studying at Cardiff University who have either been in care or are estranged from their family. To help, we thought young people in care would like to hear from you about the support that helped you to study here and has kept you on course. No pressure at all, but it would be fantastic to have your involvement. You won’t need to go into too much details about your personal circumstances, if you don’t want to.
If you would like to get involved, please get in contact with me.
I’d recommend that you attend the National Care Leavers Week 2015 Lunch Seminar on 21st October 2015
NSPCC Cymru, Barnardo’s Cymru, Fostering Network Wales, Action for Children, Voices from Care Cymru and Children in Wales are working in collaboration at this Lunch Seminar to campaign for improved services for look after children and young people leaving care in Wales with political parties as part of discussions relating to the review of party manifestos. If you would like to have your say before next year’s elections, I would encourage you to attend.
When: October 21st at 12noon
RSVP: Danielle Cope: Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m the key Contact at Cardiff University for care leavers and estranged students
Here is a list of issues that we are currently assisting students with:
- Late Funding
- Check students are receiving all the financial support they are entitled to (including from the Local Authority)
- Problems with accommodation
- Unhappy with course – you might find our blog post Is it okay to talk about withdrawal from University? useful
- Thinking of taking time out of your course
- What funding is available to do a placement year/ year abroad
If you have not applied for the Care Leaver Bursary yet, I would strongly recommend that you make contact with me and do so!
These are just some of the issues I can help with. I am based on the 2nd Floor of the Student Support Centre,50 Park Place, Cathays Campus. You can drop-in, send me an e-mail: EnglandE1@cardiff.ac.uk or give me a call: (029) 2087 4787.
Einir, Advice & Money Team
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