The information on this page was last updated on 3 September 2018.
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. Jackie Kaveney – Youth Engagement Worker, phone: 01302 558581, email: Jackie.email@example.com
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 choose to study at Doncaster College, there is financial support available. There are two funds you may apply for, depending on your age.
The 16-18 bursary is up to £1,200, and can help with costs such as lunch, travel, materials/kit and educational visits. The bursary is paid weekly, based on attendance.
The 19+ discretionary fund is provided to support students with the additional costs of study that would otherwise prevent them from taking part in learning. Students who apply to the 19+ discretionary support fund must have evidence that they have a household income of less than £25,000 per year, and when assessing applications the following are included in the assessment:
- earned income
- out-of-work benefits, i.e. income support/universal credit, JSA, ESA, incapacity benefit etc
- working and child tax credits
- CSA payments
- private pensions
- state pensions
- additional income, i.e. savings/rolling balance; any amounts over £1,796 will be included as income in the assessment (this figure is used in the access to learning fund assessment).
If you are a care leaver and choose to study on a higher education course 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. It will be available to eligible students studying an undergraduate programme of study from academic year 2017/18 onwards.
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.
Information/guidance on the bursary will be given at the point of interview, and will also be made widely available and highlighted during open days and enrolment/induction sessions by the college’s Higher Education Recruitment and Student Experience Co-Ordinator.
For academic year 2016/17, this figure is set at £700 for full-time students and £350 for part-time. The figures for 2017/218 have not yet been released.