What do we do and who do we help?
Beyond, a charity for care leavers, aims to raise funds for one-off grants to help young people who have left care in our city to thrive.
Whether it’s for a suit for a job interview, a deposit on a flat or help to fund driving lessons, we aim to support young people who don’t have a ‘bank of mum and dad’ to call on.
We support care leavers in the Sussex area from the ages of 18 to 30 to support their independence and to help them go on to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.
There are 51,000 children living in Sussex
Of these, 2,160 children support by social services
(4.2 per cent)
And 412 are in care
(0.8 per cent)
*From Brighton & Hove City Council’s children services annual report 2016/17
NATIONAL ANALYSIS SHOWS:
- 34% of care leavers were not in education, employment or training at age 19 compared to 15.5% of the general population *NSPCC/Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)
- In a survey of homeless people in Brighton and Hove in 2017, 22% had been in care *Galvanise Brighton and Hove
- An estimated one-quarter of homeless people sleeping on the street have a care background. *Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)
- In 2013, 6.2% of children in care aged between 10 and 17 were convicted or given a final warning or reprimand, compared with 1.5% of all children.*Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)
- There are no national data on the number of prisoners who have been in care: one estimate puts the figure at around 1 in 4.*Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)
We want to change this by helping care leavers to find independence, discover their dreams and giving them the chance to succeed.