Patron:Sabina Coyne Higgins
Due to the big increase in applications for assistance this year, as of the 3rd of November 2016 we are no longer in a position to accept new applications for Care Leavers grants for this year.
We will do our best to work through all the applications received, before that date, as resources become available. Any applications received before 3rd November and not resolved will be carried over into the New Year (2017). We regret that if your application has not been received before that date you will need to re-apply in January 2017.
Care Leavers Ireland regret the current situation and apologise to any disappointed Care Leavers who may have been hoping for a speedy response. We are working hard to increase our financial resources for next year. Care Leavers Ireland is a voluntary organisation and with the exception of some small administration expenses all monies we receive go towards supporting Care Leavers.
Care Leavers Ireland was established in 2008 to make small grants available to young people who are leaving or have left the care system in Ireland. It is a registered charity set up specifically to help in areas of education and personal development.
Any child leaving home faces an uncertain future no matter what family and community supports may be there for them. Children in care are already disadvantaged through no fault of their own. They may well have had many placements and faced innumerable difficulties despite the attention they get in the care system.
Leaving care is therefore a formidable challenge and there is no statutory entitlement to aftercare services in Ireland. Those professionals working with a young person before and after they leave care do everything possible to assist in the transition from a care setting to independent living. Care Leavers Ireland is an organisation that offers help in a small, definite, targeted way to play its part in the case of those who need some extra help at a particular time after leaving care.
Care Leavers Ireland is still very much in its infancy and administered on a voluntary basis which makes demands on those involved. The model used by the organisation is based on that of a similar body in the UK and Care Leavers Ireland is indebted to Ms Janet Rich who has been an invaluable help in the setting up of and development of the organisation here.
Obviously, grants can’t be made without money and fund raising will be an integral and very necessary part of the future of Care Leavers Ireland. Learn more about how you can support our worthy cause here.
If you wish to apply, read more about how to qualify here. If you have difficulty downloading the application form please contact: 086 416 2643