Did you know that in the last 5 years nearly 5,000 young people living in Hampshire left care? Or that a quarter of those care leavers came from Southampton and the surrounding areas?
We did, and that is why our Step Forward project supports care leavers to transition to independent living, learn new skills, strengthen their support networks, engage with education, find jobs and connect with their local community.
Coronavius has had a huge impact on both their physical and mental well being. There are worries over money, food, and a decrease in support networks. Aspirations are low and job searches have been cut short. There is a great sense of loss, loneliness, and that there is no one to turn to.
Luckily, Youth Options is here to help, but we can't do it alone.
We are asking you, our lovely supporters, to help us show care leavers they are not alone.
How can you help?
Easy! We are asking supporters of all ages to get creative and draw, paint, video (whatever you can think of!) so we have some happy, positive messages to share on our social media and with our care leavers. This could be anything from a drawing of your pet or some nature art made with your fave flowers! A great activity for home-school art class! Finding it hard to think of an idea, that's fine! Download our colouring templates here and use one of them instead!
Next, make your donation! We suggest £3 but this can be more if you'd like! You can do this online (www.justgiving.com/campaign/wecare) or by texting WHOCARES and your donation amount to 70085.
Once you're done, share your picture on social media with the hashtag #wecare and info on how to donate to this appeal. (You can use this ready made post to help!) Tag 5 people you care about so they can show they care too.
Told you it was easy!
Where your donations will go...
All funds raised will go towards supporting care leavers in and around Southampton to feel connected and continue to access vital services, help and essential supplies that are crucial for their mental and physical well-being. By showing we care young people in need will feel safer, less isolated, less anxious and have more knowledge and resources to keep themselves and others safe now and in the future.
- £3 could buy a basic food parcel for one young person.
- £10 could pay for one pack of educational resources such as colouring books or games.
- £25 could buy a basic weekly food shop for a family of 3.
- £55 could pay for one Youth Support Worker to support care leavers for a whole hour.