About this service

Barnardo’s Care Leavers project supports care leaver participation and engagement. We run fortnightly Care Leavers Unite Bristol (CLUB) meetings that work consistently with isolated care leavers enabling them to produce their own ideas/plans, to raise issues and implement change across Bristol.

CLUB members have identified loneliness and isolation as the biggest issue care leavers face in Bristol. So far we have commenced a number of initiatives with care leavers, including a cycling group, campaigning for free or discounted transport in Bristol and creating

Our befriender service pairs young people with befrienders to support access to activities and reduce isolation. We have recruited a range of befrienders, including those who speak the first language of unaccompanied asylum seeking care leavers.

We also administer personal budgets to promote improved mental health amongst Care Leavers. Purchases help the young people build skills, gain confidence and knowledge and help combat loneliness and isolation. They enable budget holders to have greater choice and control over their own health.

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Leaving care

Supporting the transition to independent living, including advice, supported lodgings, help getting a job.

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Advocacy and participation (children in care)

One-to-one support for looked-after children and young people and other vulnerable young people e.g. those on a child protection plan  focused on their right to be heard and involved in decisions about them, explaining their wishes, arguing their case. Activities and training for families and professionals.

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