Are you a looked-after young person or classed as a care-leaver up to 26 years of age?
This includes young people who are in kinship, foster care, residential care or who are being supported through a continuing care package or aftercare package.
The Who Cares Trust: The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. They have recently produced ‘A Guide to the Support Available in Further Education in Scotland’, which you also might find useful and informative.
Student Award Agency for Scotland: If you are undertaking Higher Education at college, you may be eligible for a vocation grant from SAAS which helps with your accommodation costs during the summer holiday that falls between each year of your course.
"The college offers great support for all care experienced students and the Learning Support team and Horizon Centre is always available to ALL students. Don’t ever feel like you are on your own because New College Lanarkshire is with you every step of the way.” - Student Marc Jones
Find out more about our future plans for Care Experienced students below
Linda Buchanan - Student Adviser
Paula Etherson - Student Adviser
Alison Fernand - Student Adviser
Paula Etherson - Student Adviser
Linda Williamson - Corporate Parent Co-ordinator
Billy Findlay - Student Adviser
To make sure you get the support you need, the College needs to know if you are looked-after or a care-leaver. You will be asked to highlight this on internal forms such as the application form, enrolment form and bursary application forms. The College will keep this information confidential and this will be used to support you.
In order for your looked-after/care leaver status to be taken into account when your application is processed, you may be asked to provide evidence of this. This is usually in the form of a letter from your social worker, children’s house manager, key worker or other relevant person.
Please do not hesitate in contacting the College’s Student Advisers at each of our campuses if you need help with this.
Once you have informed the college that you are a looked-after or care experienced learner, what can you expect?
We aim to prioritise funding for looked-after young people or care-experienced learners/leavers. We have a team of funding advisers who can offer financial advice and assistance that is specific to your set of circumstances. Please call 0300 555 8080 and ask to speak to Student Funding. In the case of EMA, looked-after young people and care leavers may get some flexibility in relation to their attendance. This would have to be agreed with your Curriculum & Quality Leader. They may also be able to get up to four years of the EMA award rather than the usual three.
We are committed to providing a range of learner support services in order that learners can achieve their full potential whilst at college.
This can include support with childcare arrangements, literacy or numeracy support, learning and study support, emotional support or counselling.
North Lanarkshire Council’s Corporate Parenting Group
South Lanarkshire Council’s Corporate Parenting Sub Group - part of Integrating Children’s Services
Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum