We currently support two beneficiary groups:
Care experienced young people, which includes:
- young people from the age of 14 who are “looked after” with support from local authorities in all settings, including: those living at home with parents or kinship carers; living with foster carers; or living in residential or secure care
- young people who have left care up to age 26
People affected by dementia, which includes:
- people with dementia and their unpaid carers (we will also support dementia prevention to help reduce the number of people at risk of developing dementia)
These two groups have many things in common. Both experience stigma and loss and both face a range of challenges and unmet needs which need to be addressed if their quality of life and well-being is to be improved - now and into the future.
Challenges experienced by care experienced young people and people affected by dementia include:
- physical and mental health difficulties
- difficulties with aspects of daily living, such as personal care, cooking, household tasks and shopping
- difficulties with aspects of healthy living, including diet, physical activity and substance misuse
- unemployment or underemployment
- financial insecurity
- housing problems
- mobility and transport problems
- social isolation and exclusion
- inadequate or inappropriate support from health, social care and other services
Care experienced young people also encounter a number of additional challenges, including poor educational attainment and high levels of contact with the criminal justice system.
Despite these challenges, both groups also have personal resources and assets that can be strengthened so that they are empowered to improve their lives and become active citizens.