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Merton Care Leavers’ service

This service is based in the London Borough of Merton. It contains 15 units based at two different sites, and supports young people who are care leavers.

 

Care leavers are disproportionately impacted by homelessness in London. This service is focused on responding to that by working with up to fifteen customers at a time to prepare them for independent living.

When young people move into this service, we empower them to make decisions about their support, including choosing their Life Coach and the times of 1:1 sessions. Our person-centred approach focuses on identifying each customer’s strengths and skills, and allowing them to choose their own goals and aspirations. We passionately believe that everyone who comes to stay at the service can build the life that they want for themselves, developing the skills and resilience that they need to avoid homelessness.

We run a range of workshops and group activities at the service that are designed to build life-skills. These cover areas such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, healthy living, and drugs and alcohol awareness. Customers also have access to the accredited training and employment advice from our training centre and our Work + Learning team.

We also offer our customers free mental and physical health support through our Health + Wellbeing programme.

We aim for young people we support to move on to independent accommodation within two years.

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