Investing in the Long Term Care of Children with Capstone Care Leavers Trust

4th December, 2023

As an Independent Fostering Agency, we here at FosterCare UK feel that we have a vital duty of care to invest in the long-term future of fostered children. With FosterCare UK being part of Capstone Group, we are privileged to have the support of Capstone Care Leavers Trust.

For many looked after children, support and care stops at age eighteen unless a staying put arrangement has been made. But often a young person is facing the realities of life on their own once they leave care.

Capstone Care Leavers Trust

That is where Capstone Care Leavers Trust can help, they support a young people aged eighteen and beyond.

The Trust awards grants to people aged 17 – 25 years who have been in care in England or Wales and are in need. The trust can support with obtaining household items and many of the things that they may need to get a good start in independent life, but they have a particular passion for supporting young people in higher education.

Also providing advice and guidance, reassuring them that even though they have left care they are not alone.

Manager, Zoe, commented: “My role is such a rewarding one, we help so many get a foot in with setting up for adult life, but the trust also goes way beyond that.”

“We have also approved grants for university tuitions, for camera equipment, even for sailing lessons before, anything that a young person may need to support them in achieving their dreams.”

Capstone Care Leavers Trust applications open at specified times of the year for anyone who has been in care for over thirteen weeks since their fourteenth birthday but is open to applications from young people supported by FosterCare UK all year round.

Making a Difference

Over the years the Trust has seen so many positive outcomes as a result of grants being awarded. From supporting people who have had some of the hardest backgrounds to attend university and follow their aspirations. To funding the purchase of camera equipment to allow a care leaver to grow their business.

Zoe continued, “By investing in our young people, I see so many inspirational stories. These children have had hard upbringings but more often than not when I speak to them as care leavers, they have aspirations of using those experiences to help others.”

“I am so proud of what we do here and that we continue to support care experienced young people to have better futures.”

Find out more about Capstone Care Leavers Trust, or if you would like to know more about fostering with FosterCare UK then you can call one of our friendly team on 0844 800 1941.



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