Doncaster College

Sally Macdonald

Head of Provision and Support for SLDD, 14-16 and LAC
01302 558246

The information on this page was last updated on 24 May 2021.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

​At Doncaster College we recognise that sometimes young people with experience of being in care want or need a little extra support.
We are committed to ensuring our looked-after young people and care leavers receive the best opportunities and support to succeed. Our Youth Engagement Worker for Looked-After Children will offer each young person personalised support, which can include the following:

outreach work
advice and guidance
enrichment opportunities
retention and progression support
advocating on your behalf
accommodation issues
support in accessing services
one-to-one sessions.

You can self-refer by contacting ​the number below, or you could ask your key worker/social worker to make contact on your behalf. Sally Macdonald phone: 01302 558246, email:

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

If you are a Care Leaver and choose to study a Higher Education, Undergraduate Programme at Doncaster College, you can apply for the Care Leaver Bursary Award Programme. This bursary is provided by Doncaster College/University Centre to assist eligible students with their course-related costs. The aim of the bursary is to assist eligible Care Leavers with costs such as travel, materials, and equipment. Students would need to have already applied to Student Finance England to be eligible for the award.
There is also the Access to Learning Fund. The Access to Learning Fund is a hardship fund and is in place to help students who can evidence hardship, but please be informed, support is not guaranteed through the Access to Learning Fund.

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