Project information

Step into Mentoring (Education)

To support young care leavers age 18 - 25 during their transition further or higher education through a mentoring scheme.

January 2013 - December 2014

Charity information: Stepping Up UK

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  • Need


    Each year over 7,500 young people aged 16 or over leave local authority care in England to fend for themselves; many without any supportive network of friends or family. Care leavers disproportionately experience a range of negative outcomes for example:
    27% of the prison population, and half of all prisoners under 25, were in care
    80% of Big Issue Sellers were in care
    Only 8% of looked-after children achieve 5 GCSE A-C
    Only 1% go on to higher education


    Mentoring has been proven to be an effective intervention; mentoring can go beyond 'throwing resources' at what may seem to be as intractable problems. It introduces a personalised element and recognises the impact of empowerment and partnership derived from a supportive mentoring relationship. One care leaver in the the publication 'Young Peoples Views on Leaving Care' (2006) stated "The place they put you in are not any good - there are no positive role models.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise young care leavers’ confidence, self-esteem and aspirations


    » Mentoring

    Success will be raise attainment

    Aim 2

    To guide and support young care leavers who enter further or higher education


    » Mentoring

    Raise attainment and completion of further and higher education courses

  • Impact


    The main beneficiaries of 'Step into Mentoring' will be young care leavers age 18 - 25 years old who are in further and higher education. The project will be beneficial to the community as a whole; care leavers disproportionately experience a range of negative outcomes for as already cited. Young care leavers being supported through 'Step Into Mentoring' will ensure a decrease in care leavers becoming part of the prison population; an increase in educational attainment, increase in employment.


    The only risk to the project is funding. We are dedicated to continuously seeking funding from various sources, not only bid writing, trusts and foundations, but we facilitate regular fund-raising events. Our last fund-raising event last February we raised 3,864.00; our next fund-raising event scheduled for 13th October 2012 is to support this project.


    We will report to donor through our newsletter and social media such as our facebook page. If other donors require a more indepth report we will do so providing a quarterly update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,645

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,500 Staff P/T Mentoring/Volunteering Co-ordinator
      £875 Checks CRB Checks
      £1,270 Training Mentoring TrainingOverheads/Publicity/Marketing
  • Background


    London Borough of Southwark


    Young people leaving care from the London Boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Camden and Islington

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other organisation catering specifically for the practical needs of care leavers in the South East or nationally. Stepping Up UK 'Step into Mentoring Project' has been identified as a crucial/essential project because we have identified a clear need through consulting with the 'leaving care community'. The evidence for the need of the project have been provided based on both quantitative and qualitative data, but also endorsed by partners such as Centre point, Siblings Together a

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Angela Nairne

    Our Founder/Executive Director has worked tiredlessly to get Stepping UK up and running. Her expertise and committment will make the project a sucess


    Stepping Up UK work in partnership with Peabody who provides in kind support around premises and its resources on site.