Who can we help?

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.

How we help you?

  • Pre Entry / Transition / Application / Enrolment
  • On course / During your time studying at New College Lanarkshire
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Post Course / After you leave New College Lanarkshire

Key student links

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.


Other Useful Contacts

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

0800 917 8000


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. For more information, and to check the criteria, visit www.saas.gov.uk/_forms/care_leavers_grant.pdf


Key contacts

Coatbridge Campus

Linda Buchanan - Student Adviser

  • Linda.Buchanan@nclan.ac.uk
  • 01236 460286

Paula Etherson - Student Adviser

  • Paula.Etherson@nclan.ac.uk
  • 01698 784521

Cumbernauld Campus

Alison Fernand - Student Adviser

  • Alison.Fernand@nclan.ac.uk 
  • 01698 784521 

Paula Etherson - Student Adviser

  • Paula.Etherson@nclan.ac.uk
  • 01698 784521

Motherwell Campus

Linda Williamson - Corporate Parent Co-ordinator

  • Linda.Williamson@nclan.ac.uk
  • 01698 232293

Billy Findlay - Student Adviser

  • William.Findlay@nclan.ac.uk
  • 01698 232300

Care Experienced FAQs

Useful Information

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