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Connecting Care Leavers – Care Leavers Week


Press Statement, 29 October 2020


Care Leavers Week Funding Boost


Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. The Connecting Care Leavers Programme will support care-experienced young people with their wider community. They will be supported on a 1:1 and group work basis to develop their connections in a range of areas such as education, training, employment, business support, networking and volunteering roles including those within the Trust.


Nick Ellis, QC, Chair of the Trust said “We are delighted with this news. The Trust is continually fundraising to support care experienced young people and their children. We know that young people leaving care often do not have the social and family networks many of their peers take for granted. This pandemic has really shown how isolated young care leavers can be if they don’t receive the right support. This week is national Care Leavers week so we are all really excited to be able to celebrate it with this good news from the Lottery.”


The National Lottery Community Fund, Scotland Chair, Kate Still said: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups.  I would like to congratulate Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust on their award, theirs is an important project and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”


The Trust is Edinburgh’s oldest charity, established in 1733 by merchants in the city to rescue children and young people from abuse and poverty. The Trust operates a fostering service and two residential care homes including a specialist mother and baby unit. The Trust provide group work, a hardship fund, a foodbank and an aftercare service for young people who have left care. The Trust is always looking to grow our supporter base, to get involved in fundraising please visit


For further information contact Stephen Bermingham 07711424278,