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Life skills for care experienced young people

We deliver a bespoke life skills training programme, to tackle the root causes of problems faced by vulnerable care leavers thus empowering them to step confidently into independent and healthier adult lives.  It has been designed with care leavers, for care leavers. The aim to reduce homelessness, improve resilience and mental health and signpost services. 39% of 16-18 year old care leavers are not in education, employment or training [NEET], a quarter of all NEETs are care leavers, despite making up only 1% of the population. 

The costs are both monetary and human, it’s not just unemployment rates and cost, there are criminal, social service and health costs; the cost of a negative journey for a care leaver is £337,204 over their lifetime. The Care Leaver Association reported that 77% felt lonely and isolated leaving care, 59% had trouble coping with mental health issues. Care leavers are four times more likely to commit suicide.  This group faces a wide range of support needs, all of which is covered in our package.

The training course involves; a day focused on resilience, healthy relationships, self-confidence, self-branding (online and in person) and looking at the young person’s aspirations. Day two focuses on money management, which bills to pay first and practical life skills. Day three focuses on networking, CV writing and interview practice and involves Q&A sessions with care leaver mentors who are in work.  It will include an after package with signposting and additional support as well as a work book with a completed CV, interview preparation and access to MH services.  The benefits of work are not just as a route out of poverty, they are far wider; providing structure, relationships, a sense of purpose and self-confidence. Getting a job is more complex than just applying, especially for those lacking confidence and soft skills, hence the holistic nature of the training and the need to encompass more than just employability skills to prevent becoming NEET.

Roar has 10 years’ experience of working on the work programme, delivering services nationwide to those with the highest barriers to employment and specifically also in supporting care leavers and young disadvantaged NEETs.  Our designed training has been delivered to a group of 250 in London, and is evidenced with 85% finding the training ‘Excellent’ and after 6 months 89% were in onward employment. And 65% achieved a higher education qualification.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nathalie Delahaye
Contact Position

Where to go

9-11 Gunnery Terrace
Cornwallis Road
SE18 6SW

As well as being able to offer training in house, we can also come to you or organise other closer venues, we have delivered in residential care homes and semi independent accommodation, and have done so in Ealing, Hammersmith, Manchester and Greenwich. (We can also do so on a 121 basis).  And are able to do some work via online sessions if this is required.

Other Details


Our costs vary on what package you choose and the size of cohort, as guide this is just under £1,000 per person, includes the 6 weeks', any additional 121 work and 1 years of personal follow up and an open door on returning during crisis periods of a lifetime.


Referral required
Referral Details

You are able to refer via our website or by getting in touch, however, we find 50% of our cohorts come from self referral. We accept referral from any local authority, charity, job centres and other service providers.