The Leaving Care Service works with young people in local authority care to help them to prepare for independent living from the age of 16 up to the age of 25, for more information click here.
Small grants are available from The Care Leavers Foundation to care leavers up to 29. These are aimed at helping with personal development needs, crisis payments, education, training or employment needs. For more information please visit here.
Other useful websites for care leavers or for those supporting care leavers with employment and skills:
Support for people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
Information on support services available to help people with special educational needs or disabilities in education, employment and training including Wiltshire’s Local Offer (Community Connecting, Supported Internships, Wiltshire Employment Support Team), along with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) programmes: Work and Health, Access to Work and Disability Confident; worker rights, transport support and employee support.
The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. Taking part in the programme is entirely voluntary and all of our advice and support is offered free of charge.
Wiltshire Wheels to Work
Wheels 2 Work is a moped loan scheme for Building Bridges participants aged 17+ who cannot get to work or training because of transport difficulties. The service provides a fully insured scooter for up to 6 months (subject to availability).
For enquiries and further information about the scheme please call 01380 722475, email:email@example.com or via the Community First website here.
Richmond Fellowship is a national specialist in integrated mental health care and provider of mental health services.
The Wiltshire Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Service delivery by Richmond Fellowship is specifically for people using Secondary Care Mental Health or Social Care services In Wiltshire who want to find paid employment.
Julian House Bike Workshop is committed to offering vulnerable people opportunities to build confidence, learn skills and get a positive lift back into independence and employment.
Build-a-Bike is a six-week project-based course that has been developed in collaboration with Julian House service users. The course is intended for people with a history of homelessness, an offending background, substance misuse needs or long-term unemployment.
Build-a-Bike is a hands-on course that teaches all the skills needed to safely maintain a bike. Participants work with a workshop mechanic to fully dismantle a bike and rebuild it from its component parts. One-to-one support is available to make sure that people get the most out of their time on the course. Once the six-week course is completed, participants get to keep the bike that they have built along with a portfolio containing records of their work and an attendance certificate.
Click here for more information and to register.
They also offer a free:
- 13-week loan of a fully serviced and safety-checked refurbished bicycle
- Lock, helmet, pump and puncture repair kit for the duration of the loan.
Plus, a consultation with one of our mechanics, who will give tips on cycle routes, road safety and ways to look after your bike. At the end of the loan period, you can either return the equipment or purchase it at a discounted rate of 50% off.
For further details please contact the Julian House Bike Workshop in Trowbridge:
5-9 Duke Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EA, 01225 764485, firstname.lastname@example.org
Young People Provision
Click here for a list of opportunities and programmes supporting young people into employment, education or training.
Please contact us if there is some provision you would like us to add.
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