A leading North West charity based in Cheadle are calling on their local community to get involved and support their care leavers this Christmas.
The Together Trust provides special education, care and community support for young people and families across the North West. This Christmas, the charity is collecting donations to make luxury hampers to support young people who have left foster care and residential homes.
Christmas can be a challenging time for care leavers. Around 10,000 children leave care in England every year, and these children are some of the most vulnerable young people in our society.
While lots of people can turn to family and friends at Christmas, not all care leavers have these support networks around them. Some care leavers will be spending Christmas alone or staying in a BnB or temporary accommodation. For some care leavers, this Christmas might be their first experience of living independently.
Mark Lee, chief executive of the Together Trust, said: “We’re passionate about continuing to give our care leavers love and support. We want to make sure they have everything they need this Christmas, as well as the treats and luxuries they might not buy for themselves.
“It means so much to us that people in the local community want to get involved and donate good quality food and toiletries for our hampers.
“Every donation shows our care leavers that they’re not alone this Christmas – they’ve got the support from a whole community.”
The Together Trust are collecting donations at their site on Schools Hill, Cheadle, SK8 1JE until Friday 29 November.
Find out more at www.togethertrust.org.uk