Leaving Care is Tough…
"I don't have anyone. I don't have anyone to turn to" - Mark, 18
Imagine doing your GSCEs whilst living in squalid B&B accommodation, making your own meals, and paying bills, let alone getting to school on time. You have no support, no-one who loves you – you are on your own.
Sadly this is the reality for many young people today.
But we will be there when no one else is.
- 62% of children are in care because of neglect or abuse
- 66% of children in care suffer from emotional or mental health issues
- Every year, around 12,000 young people leave the care system - not because they are ready, but because their age dictates it.
Aged just 16-18, this is a difficult time for a vulnerable group, left to cope alone before they are remotely ready to face life in the adult world.
Barnardo's know that without an adequate support network, on a low income and with limited qualifications, Care Leavers often quickly fall into desperate situations.
Homeless, exploited, isolated - these are real outcomes for Care Leavers.
But with your support, and that of London Luton Airport, Barnardo's will be there to help.
We provide practical help – cooking lessons, financial guidance, and we can provide emergency accommodation. We address the childhood trauma often experienced, we help them keep their lives on track, and provide vital, intensive one-to-one support.
You can choose to transform young lives, choose Care Leavers. Vote for Barnardo's.