Kent County Council’s Corporate Parenting Team and The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) are hoping to raise £20,000 this year to provide each of our 2,000 care leavers with a £10 gift and bring them some joy this Christmas.
For many of our young care leavers aged 18-25 years, it’s their first Christmas on their own as they move on to live independently and not with a foster family or family of their own. This can be an extremely lonely and isolating time for them.
“I’ve done Christmas crying on my own in a room because I haven’t seen anyone else. Meanwhile, you see all your mates on Instagram with their families, wearing Christmas jumpers etc…and you end up thinking – I just want that. I want their family.” – Sophia Alexandra Hall, Care Leaver
“Being a care leaver is not easy. It’s daunting and scary to say the least, let alone the fact you’re totally on your own. It’s nice to know people out there really care.” Tia, Care Leaver
“This charity helped me so much when I was growing up in care, they do such a fantastic job and really care for young people in care. I know my donation will help bring a smile this Christmas.” Anna, Care Leaver
This year, we hope to be able to reassure these young people that they are not alone and are valued and cared for, particularly at this special time.
Sue Chandler, Cabinet Member or Integrated Children’s Services said: “All young people in our care deserve to have a happy and fulfilling Christmas. For some or our Care Leavers, moving into independent living can be a daunting prospect, particularly at Christmas and with the continuing challenges posed by COVID-19.
“That is why it is so important that we are all there to support them in any way we can and make sure they know that they are not alone. It would be wonderful to bring them all a gift and some Christmas joy to end this year with some festive cheer, and so we would be hugely grateful for any support you can offer.
“I would like to sincerely thank everyone who donates to this wonderful campaign for their generosity. My thanks also go to all the staff and members at KCC and everyone at the Young Lives Foundation for their hard work in making this happen.”
To find out more and make a donation visit the Young Lives Foundation website: https://ylf.org.uk/christmas/
Notes to Editors:
KCC Corporate Parenting
Young Lives Foundation
The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) is an award-winning children’s charity in the South East of England with expertise in Advocacy, Mentoring, Befriending and Activity Programmes.