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Support for Care Leavers and Estranged Students

Information and useful links

Specific support for your individual needs:

A care leaver is someone who has previously lived with foster parents, in a children’s home, orphanage, or sheltered accommodation. The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 defines a care leaver as someone who has been in the care of the Local Authority

The University is delighted to be a founder member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

Which aims to transform the progression of young people in or leaving care into and through further and higher education, by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.

 

 

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WHAT IS THE CARE LEAVER COVENANT?

The Covenant is a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently.

In July 2016, the Government published ‘Keep on Caring’ to support young people from care to independence. A key policy commitment in the paper is a strategic pledge to introduce a Care Leaver Covenant.

Find out more about what the Covenant could mean for you by having a look at their website at www.mycovenant.org.uk and you can also read our commitment to be part of the extended network who are supporting care leavers in England at https://mycovenant.org.uk/signatories/university-of-wolverhampton/

For students who do not have a family support network, who are 18 to 24 and have no communicative relationship with either living biological parent, or often their wider family, coming to university can be a huge life choice change. We are here to help and support your university career from pre-entry all the way through to graduation.

 

 

Stand Alone is a charity that supports people who are estranged from their families and can provide advice and support. 

They also offer support groups across the country that provide a non-judgemental space where you can share thoughts and experiences with others in a similar position together.

The University is proud to have signed the Standalone pledge in 2016 and to be recognised for its ongoing support for estranged students in the 2020 year’s Stand Alone Pledge Awards. 

 

 

Read more at: Support for estranged students recognised nationally

Kirsty Dorward, our named contact for Care Leavers and Estranged students, said, "We recognise that many students, estranged or not, come to university to 'rewrite the script' of their lives, and put some of their past behind them.

We aim to be a welcoming University, one that promotes a sense of "family" and belonging, whilst striking the balance of empowering and enabling individuals to be independent and very much the shapers of their own destiny."

The University can offer:

Kirsty Dorward, Head of Student Experience Projects, is our named contact for care leavers or students who find themselves estranged from their family and will be able to provide ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your student journey, from making an application to Wolverhampton through to graduation.

Kirsty can also provide a link between the University, your local authority and/or your Care Leaving Team.

Finance advice to help you apply for all you are entitled to and work out a budget to suit your needs.

For general budgeting advice have a look at our Funding and budgeting webpage.  It has a lot of tips and links to free online budget planners

Access Bursary

You may be eligible for one of our Access Bursaries which take the form of a cash payment paid in two instalments.  Please check our Scholarships page for further information on this and our other scholarships/bursaries. 

Dennis Turner Hardship Fund

Through the Fund the University is showing its continuing commitment to supporting students who find themselves in genuine financial hardship that might impact on their ability to continue on a course at the University especially during this current crisis. 

You apply every year via your e:Vision.

Evidence required:

  • Care Leaver - some evidence to show that you were in care, preferably from a Social Worker (unless previously supplied)
  • Estranged - 3rd party evidence to show that you are estranged and have no contact with either of your parents (unless previously supplied)

Also required:

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Bank Statement - 1 months recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want any payment to go (the one you put on the application)

For full information on the fund itself, including a step-by-step guide to applying go to www.wlv.ac.uk/fund

A guaranteed offer of University-allocated accommodation (52 week accommodation is available).

Access to a student mentor and online mentoring support.

Access to all our student support services.

Have a look at our Student Support pages to see what other kinds of support we have on hand or check out the WLV Welcome Topic on Canvas - your virtual Student Handbook

Naresh Patel (FEHW, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing) – n.patel9@wlv.ac.uk

Sabrina Altariva (FABSS, Business, Law and Social, Historical and Political Studies) – s.altariva@wlv.ac.uk

Laura Lander and Lisa Law (FABSS, Art, Performing Art, Humanities) – lisa.law@wlv.ac.uk and laura.lander@wlv.ac.uk

Rita Brandwood (FSE, Faculty of Science and Engineering) – rita.brandwood@wlv.ac.uk

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