Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
The information on this page was last updated on 23 August 2019.
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.
The college was awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark, and continues to adhere to the guidelines for best practice in supporting looked-after children and care leavers.We are continually striving to improve the quality of support we provide, and care leavers are closely involved in a range of initiatives. We work with external partners to improve support for such learners studying with ourselves, and in further education colleges generally.
Working closely with other members of the student services team, our LAC coordinator can help you access a wide range of support, advice and guidance, including:
- One-to-one mentoring to support you, help you to establish goals and overcome barriers to success during your time at college.
- Support when communicating with external agencies such as social services or local authorities.
- Assisting you with budgeting and financial planning, including accessing bursary entitlements and financial support (see below).
- Helping you overcome travel, accommodation or housing issues that may be preventing you from focusing on your studies.
- Advice regarding your rights and entitlements, for example to welfare or benefits.
- Referrals to specialist organisations when necessary to advise about, for example, immigration issues.
- Advice about personal issues that may be affecting you.
- Guidance on finding ways to get more involved in social and cultural aspects of college life.
- Assistance with participating in the wide range of exciting sports and enrichment activities taking place at the college throughout the year.
- Support with career planning and deciding on your next steps.
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
We offer a wide range of funding for looked-after children and care leavers through our student services support centres.
Some of this, such as the 16-19 vulnerable bursary, is ringfenced for looked-after children and care leavers aged 16-18 at the start of the academic year, and there are no deadlines for applications.
Other funding, such as discretionary learner support funding for learners who are aged 19 and over, is open to all applicants who meet the criteria specified by the college each academic year. Care leavers are welcome to apply for this also.
There is also a discretionary hardship fund to support learners who experience an emergency or change of circumstances during the academic year, that threatens their ability to continue with their studies.