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Changes to the Setting up Home Allowance

The council has agreed to increase the Setting Up Home Allowance from £2,000 to £3,000. To find out if you are eligible for the uplift, please speak to your Personal Adviser.


Cambridgeshire’s Local Offer for Care Leavers

Employment - We will work with you to explore your employment choices, and provide a Care Leaver Apprenticeship Bursary. Information about Care Leaver Apprenticeship Bursary on GOV.UK website. We can help you to find work within the Council and in the local community.

Education - We can support your education choices by providing a dedicated 'Care Leaver Education and Employment Coordinator.' We will show you relevant training courses and any bursaries you may be eligible for.

Accommodation - We will support with advice and guidance on your accommodation options by providing a dedicated Care Leaver Housing Coordinator. We will ensure you receive priority banding for Council Housing. We have developed links to people who can support you, if you have a housing crisis or need help with your housing benefits.

Health and Wellbeing - We will work with you around any mental health or wellbeing support you need. You can get priority access to a mental health clinician. We can help you access gyms or leisure centres.

Financial - We can provide a 'setting up home grant' following an assessment of your needs. We have negotiated Care Leaver discounts from local organisations. We will work with you to identify financial support available and help you to apply for any funding you are eligible for.

Relationships and Participation - We can help you to develop or maintain relationships with families friends or other people that  are important to you. We will encourage your participation in society. We provide a Care Leavers Forums and Children in Care Council (Voices Matter) to ensure you have a say.

Our five priorities as a corporate parent to you:

  • Being and feeling safe
  • Being healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Achieving permanence and stability
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Hearing the voices of children and young people

About to leave care?

We have worked to create some guides to support you as you leave care. Our Stepping Out document, which you can work on with a key worker, is full of resources and guides for independent living. Our Welcome Pack tells you more about our Local Offer and the Leaving Care service

16-18 Welcome Pack2.19MBpdf
Size: 2.19MBFile format: pdf
Stepping Out Document3.49MBpdf
Size: 3.49MBFile format: pdf

What if I don’t have a Personal Adviser?

If you are aged 21-25 and previously had a personal adviser but no longer do here is how you can find out about getting back in touch.

Community Champions

Some of the support that will help Cambridgeshire care leavers thrive, comes from the local community. Would you like to be a community champion, or see the offers and initiatives available.
Visit our Cambridgeshire Care leaver Champions page