An unfair start

The life chances of children who have been in care are significantly worse than for children as a whole – with much higher risks of homelessness, unemployment and a life of crime. On a more rudimentary level, care leavers lack the same financial support network as children living with families; who are typically provided with help if they fall into debt or struggle with bills and finances.

The research indicates that approximately 57% of care leavers are facing challenges managing their money and avoiding debt.

Improving financial capabilities

Research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation research found that debt accumulation, threats to their tenancies and the inability to avoid this through careful budgeting were issues of continuing concern for care leavers. That’s why our Care to Work programme focuses on improving the financial capabilities of care leavers, initially across Tameside and Stockport but with the aspiration to deliver across the whole of Greater Manchester.

We will provide bespoke 1-2-1 support to care leavers building their skills and confidence with weekly budget management, highlighting how to pay their bills and how to avoid running into debt.

Groundwork talking to teenage girl

Sustainable employment

With over 10 years’ experience supporting care leavers with employment programmes we’ve helped hundreds of young people into employment, however a lack of money management skills can often result in a young person losing their job, tenancy, or both. Once these new financial capability skills have been learnt, and practiced, we’re on hand to help support care leavers into sustainable employment.

Groundwork Greater Manchester have fantastic relationship with local employers and source job opportunities from networks including BNI Pyramid and Moxie Mingle.

We’ll provide initial employment support to our learners with interview preparation and how to be job ready, plus we’ll be on hand for the first 6 months of employment to ensure job sustainability.


Care leavers can face many barriers and challenges in accessing employment opportunities due to their past history and care experience.  In order to address these barriers the team work closely with services such as Care to Work, who can offer intensive support to help overcome these barriers. Groundwork base themselves with the team at least 2 days a week to ensure that the support is targeted on those most in need.  Fantastic relationships are formed with our care leavers are developed and Groundwork are known to “go the extra mile” to achieve positive outcomes.

Karen Bazell, Leaving Care Team Manager in Stockport


For more information on this programme please contact Venetia Knight, Head of Employment & Enterprise:

Venetia.Knight@groundwork.org.uk

0161 220 1000


Thanks to funding from:

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