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Transitioning into Adulthood

If you have grown up or spent time in care, you may not have a family home to return to if something goes wrong, or a parent to phone when you aren’t sure how to fix a problem.

That’s where NYAS can help. Young people often tell us they’re missing the skills and trusted people they need to help them navigate this new chapter in their lives.

NYAS Support for Care Leavers

We believe every young person leaving care should have access to the help and support they need to thrive. We understand it can be difficult to live independently. 

This is why NYAS offers a range of support options for young people after they leave care, giving you the opportunity to embrace your new freedom.

These support options include:

  • The Knapman Fund
  • SidebySide Care Leaver Programme
  • Advocacy Support
  • Rights and Entitlements
  • Helpline Advice

You can learn more about each support service below, and discover how they can benefit you when you've left care.

The Knapman Fund

The Knapman Fund is a care leaver bursary managed by NYAS. This grant is available for care-leavers aged 16-25 living in England and Wales who have previously been supported by NYAS.

This care leaver bursary distributes grants up to £500 to help you transition into adulthod. The Knapman Fund can fund a range of items, such as household goods, training courses, driving lessons and laptops.

Find out more about the grant by downloading the information pack below, or use our national freephone helpline. You can call 0808 808 1001 or email knapmanfund@nyas.net.

Download The Knapman Fund Information Pack

Side by Side Care Leaver Programme

Our Side by Side Care leaver programme will match you with a local volunteer. This volunteer will become your mentor, and can provide a broad range of support. Taking part in this 12 month programme also gives you access to a £500 care leaver bursary.

Your volunteer mentor is like having a friend who looks out for you, offering advice and guidance on things that you may be struggling with. They are someone independent who you can talk to and ask for help without worry or judgement. Whether you want some help with a job application, or you're not sure how your washing machine works, your volunteer mentor is there to listen and help.

Side by Side is currently only available on the Wirral and in Tameside, but we are hoping to spread to more areas across England and Wales in the future. If you want more information, call our national freephone helpline on 0808 808 1001 or email help@nyas.net.

Learn More About Side by Side

Advocacy Support

Leaving care can be overwhelming, and you might have a lot of questions.

If you need someone independent to talk to, feel like you’re not getting the right support or you don't think your voice is being listened to then you have the right to ask for an independent advocate. They can help you to share how you're feeling, and allow you to communicate this to people who can help you make a change.

If you would like an independent advocate please call our national freephone helpline on 0808 808 1001 (Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm) or email help@nyas.net.

Learn More About Our Care Leaver Advocacy Support

Know Your Rights and Entitlements

As a care leaver, you have certain rights and entitlements which you should receive from your local authority.

However, finding this information can often be challenging and frustrating. To help you understand what you're entitled to, our Care Leaver FAQ guide explains all of your rights. 

You can also learn more about care leaver entitlements across England and Wales in our Across the Border research series, or visit the Care Leaver Local Offer website to find out what support is offered in your local area.

Learn More About Your Rights

Further Questions

Still Have Questions?

If you're a care leaver with more questions about the support available to you, or you want to access any of NYAS' services, just get in touch.

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