It can be difficult enough leaving home or starting work with a supportive family behind you but for vulnerable young people leaving care, without that support and with a background of abuse or neglect, it can feel like climbing a mountain.

In recent years much of our work has focused on care leavers. Here’s what Jake, who had an abusive and unsettled childhood had to say about working with us one of our care leavers’ programmes.

I developed more in the short times I was at Brathay than I ever did in all the time when I was away from it. The people there are not just staff, they’re counsellors, support workers, psychologists. They’re there to listen. They’re just there for you.

Around 10,000 young people leave care each year and we know that:

  • Children in care are four times more likely to have mental health problems
  • Children in care are less likely to do well at school than their peers and only 15% of young people in care get five GCSE passes at grade A to C.

We’re marking our 70th anniversary by raising £70,000 to target care leavers who need our support to gain the skills and confidence to live independently and get into employment or training.

When I first started with Brathay I was a mess and one of the workers took me under his wing and looked after me. When you go through a Brathay programme you end up knowing exactly who you are and it makes you more prepared for the future.

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