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Independence skills development


Learning the necessary skills to live independently does not begin after you have left care, it beings when you are still in care, therefore young people will be encouraged to develop these skills in both their placements and via a range of support services. Your Social Worker and Personal Advisor will support the assessment of your independence skills and will provide support, advice and guidance on a range of issues relating to leaving care including:

• Accessing Education, Employment and training
• Developing Independence skills
• Finding and managing suitable and secure accommodation
• Managing your finances and claiming benefits
• Support to access Health services including access to emotional and mental health support needs.
 
Your Social Worker or Personal Advisor will also help you to access specialist support when you need it, this may include counselling and advice services, issues relating to alcohol and drug use, sexual health, budgeting and benefits such as Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support and Housing
Benefit. Your Social Worker or Personal Advisor will work with you to enable you to put into place the things in your life that will enable you to live independently in your own accommodation.

Transition Support Service – Independence Skills Programme
 
A full programme of Independence sessions is available to all Tameside Care Leavers via the Transition Support Team
Group work sessions are accessible from various sites across the borough and also tailored 1-1 sessions are offered flexibly to assist young people to prepare for independent living. Please talk to your Social Worker of Personal Advisor about accessing this programme.
 
 

Contact Information
Contact by Post

The Leaving Care Service
Clarence Arcade
Stamford Street
Ashton-under-Lyne
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 3168

 
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