The work of our Advice Service in supporting care leavers has been highlighted in a national case study!
We’re absolutely delighted that our support for care leavers at the University and in our Advice Service has been highlighted in a national case study!
Care leavers continue to face barriers to accessing higher education, however the approach taken by our Advice Service alongside the University has seen success in the support we’ve been able to offer students. Working with the University, we’re able to ensure students are able to be supported throughout their studies, whether that’s regular contact with staff or the care leavers bursary which provides financial support.
An important part of our work to support care leavers (and other Widening Participation students) is also understanding what else we can be doing to improve their experience, which has resulted in the introduction of ‘welcome packs’ which includes a sport or society membership, supermarket vouchers and laundry costs and home basics starter pack, allowing students to make the most of their start to life at Exeter.
The commitment of staff makes this all possible, and special thanks must go to Claire Botham in our Advice Service for her incredible work as Widening Participation Coordinator, who has worked alongside University staff to offer regular support (including throughout Christmas where a card and voucher were sent to students), weekly online coffee mornings throughout the pandemic and more.
If you’re a care leaver and would like to find out more about the support available to you, you can find out more here.