If you need extra help or want someone to talk to, there are people you can contact for this.
As a care leaver you can access a range of support services, delivered by Health Assured, to help you deal with any problems which could be affecting your general health and wellbeing.
You can get support online, via an app or over the telephone.
Contact your YPA who will give you the login details needed to access the service.
Support is available 24-7 including:
life support such as moving home, family issues, managing your money and much more
legal information such as debt advice
help with bereavement and grief
medical information, they can't diagnose but can offer a sympathetic ear and practical information and advice
self-help tools including fact sheets, advice videos
The Full Circle
Do you want help to cope with how you feel, or want someone to talk to, when a lot is changing around you?
The Full Circle team can arrange sessions with you to talk through what's going on, and how you are feeling. Together, you can work on what you want from the sessions, and put a plan in place to get this.
If people around you, such as your social worker or supported lodging provider need support to help you, this group can put this support in place.
Whatever you talk about will be confidential between yourself and the person you speak with at The Full Circle.
If you want advice, or just want someone to listen to you, contact NYAS.
The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) can help you if you are:
not being listened to
need help to talk the council, your social worker, or personal advisor
not being treated fairly
having difficulties with college
not happy with the contact you have with your family
What NYAS can do to help
Meet in a safe place
When you contact NYAS they will organise for a member of their team to meet you. You can choose where you want to meet - somewhere you feel comfortable or safe.
Fix your problem
You will be able to talk about your problem, and discuss how to fix it. The person you speak to at NYAS will be your advocate. This means that they will act on your behalf, such as making phone calls for you, come to meetings with you, or write emails or letters with you.
Your advocate can complain for you - but you will be in charge, until the problem is solved. You can ask to change your advocate, or you might decide that you no longer need their help - that is fine.
If you want more help from NYAS, you can contact them again, and if you want - ask for help from the same member of the team (advocate).