From Care To Independence

Young people in or leaving care can apply for any of our programmes. In addition we are delivering two specialist care leaver projects in England and Scotland, both funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Who Cares

From 2012 to 2015, The Prince’s Trust in Scotland will support 300 young care leavers with one to one support to increase their confidence and self esteem and to develop the social and personal skills they need to successfully move towards independence.

From Care to Independence

From August 2012 to July 2017, The Prince's Trust is delivering a new England-wide action research project called From Care to Independence. 

In partnership with the National Children’s Bureau Research Centre (NCB) we will explore the best model of one to one support to help care leavers into education, training, employment or volunteering and to sustain this positive outcome.

From Care to Indepedence will be the largest research study of its kind in the UK. We will provide one to one support to 1000 care leavers across England through our staff, volunteers and partner organisations. Each year we are inviting partner organisations to be part of the research pool. This year our partners are New Horizon, Foundation UK and Prospects.

In partnership with Headliners, we are offering 200 care leavers the opportunity to do a photography /media course giving them a voice.

We are also offering 20 volunteer placements and opportunities to become Prince’s Trust Young Ambassadors. Each year we will host the annual conference during National Care Leavers’ Week. We will communicate with care leavers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public. Over the five year period, we will improve knowledge/skills, influence policy and raise awareness about the needs of care leavers.

For more information or to get involved, please see details at the bottom of this page.

Latest news

  • Young people from The Prince's Trust Kennington centre have been learning photgraphy skills and producing some great creative work.
  • The life of Richard Cantilon, 22, from Liverpool, has changed dramatically since joining the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme six months ago. Richard is now volunteering with the Fairbridge programme in Liverpool and with Spirit.
  • In May 2013, a group of care leavers on the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme attended the Headliners photography course in Middlesbrough.
  • A group of care leavers in Hackney and Kennington took part in a six day photography course designed to encourage them to express themselves.
  • Tammie, 22, from Hackney shares her experience of volunteering for the innovation team at The Prince's Trust.
  • In partnership with The Care Leavers’ Foundation, The Prince’s Trust has hosted this year’s Annual Conference of National Care Leavers’ Week.
  • The Prince’s Trust is hosting a consultation event for care-leavers. If you have been in care we want to hear from you.
  • Photography course in Kennington A group of seven care leavers from various backgrounds completed the Headliners photography course at The Prince's Trust Kennington Centre.
  • A group of young people on the Fairbridge programme in Newcastle successfully completed a six day photography course.
  • The second Care Leavers Advisory group meeting was held on the 4th July 2013 at The Prince’s Trust Kennington Centre.
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The annual conference of National Care Leavers' week.

Watch the film to find out more about the 2013 conference.

Access All Areas conference video

Carly Williams

Carly, 21, from Weston-Super-Mare, felt deserted and struggled to live independently after 13 years in care.

Today she is brimming with confidence, something she attributes to her involvement with The Prince’s Trust.

Watch Carly's story.

Carly Williams