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25 October 2023

#CEW23 – How Edinburgh College supports Care Experienced students through a partnership with Action for Children

It’s Care Experienced Week. As a proud Corporate Parent, we take our responsibility to support care-experienced students very seriously.

As part of #CEW23, we thought we’d let you know more about our partnership with Action for Children, which aims to help support care experienced students and those that are most vulnerable during their studies.

Meet Allyson. Allyson works for Action for Children and is based here at our College three days a week where she provides support to students with a range of issues through the STAY Project. Whether it’s guidance on personal budgeting, accessing welfare benefits or housing issues, or general advice and support, Allyson is here to help.

Hear what Allyson had to say about supporting students at the College as a STAY Mentor:

The STAY mentoring project offers tailored one-to-one support to young people at College who are Care Experienced or vulnerable, assisting them with any barriers to engagement they might face.

Support can be provided in a range of areas including: emotional wellbeing, budgeting advice, peer mentoring, and signposting to appropriate agencies for additional support.

Assistance can also be provided to students with ongoing issues out with the College such as housing, employment, homelessness, family disputes and liaising with other professionals.

If you want to find out more about the STAY programme or be referred for support then please speak to your Learning Development Tutor or email wellbeing@edinburghcollege.ac.uk  

If you are Care Experienced and would like to find out more about the support on offer, you can contact student services in the first instance, or email learning.support@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Find out more about the support we offer to care experienced students on our website.