Looked after & Leaving Care Transition Project

Cumbria Youth Alliance help young care leavers age 15 - 24 with their transition into living alone. We at CYA help young care leavers understand what they are entitled to and where to turn for help. CYA help to:

  • Individually tailor support for young people leaving care
  • Create holistic action plans to progress and address any barriers
  • Individually tailor support for young people leaving care
  • Support young people with education/employment transition
  • Provide links to appropriate specialist agencies
  • Support young people with independent living skills
  • Support young people with raising aspirations


Are you 15 - 17 and in care or leaving care? We also offer the Stepladder of Achievement


The stepladder of achievement is a 6 module course for those aged 15 - 17 that aids basic living skills and money management. If all modules are completed a total of £1500 can be earned.

  • Module 1 Literacy £150
  • Module 2 Numeracy £150
  • Module 3 Making my money work £200
  • Module 4 Planning for the future £250
  • Module 5 Managing my money £350
  • Module 6 Mentoring £400

Supporting you with flat deposits, driving lessons or even further education.

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If you want to know more about this project call the team on 01900 603131 or contact Claire at clairep@cya.org.uk 

The Money Matters Programme.

The Cumbria Youth Alliance 'Money Matters' programme, funded through Multiply, provides both life skills, financial awareness and budgeting skills for young people in care. Our aim is to enable these young people to look forward to a normal adult life, by helping them to reverse instability and enhance their employability prospects.

How does it work?

Young people will work through the Multiply Money Matters model using a blended approach of 1-1 and group work, face to face and online delivery.

What other support will Young People receive?

  • Financial understanding and management 
  • Help with acquiring a bank account 
  • Money management and budgeting 
  • Healthy eating and shopping
  •  Assistance with further education and job applications: CV writing, interview techniques etc. 
  • Links to appropriate specialist agencies 
  • Access to Embrace online learning modules