Carefree is the Cornish charity for young people with care experience aged 11-25.
We aim to help care experienced young people have a good life through positive relationships, support with transitions and helping young people improve the care system for themselves and others.
Carefree’s work is based in positive relationships. Young people can meet others and make friends, get involved in a range of activities and join Cornwall’s Care for Change Council. We help young people to manage the process of leaving care including through the provision of a Personal Advisor service and help with careers, education and training.
Careers advice and guidance
Young people supporting other young people is really important in Carefree. A friendly meeting with someone your own age, or a little bit older, can really help to support young people to get involved with all that we do.
Carefree’s personal advisor service works in partnership with the Local Authority to deliver a PA (Personal Advisor) service to about half of Cornwall’s care leavers.
A page where we will share useful video’s, music, websites and information for young people in and leaving care, their carers, social workers and others
Practical living skills
The experience of leaving care and starting life as an adult is different for everyone. Here you will find some useful advice and resources to help prepare you for living independently.
Carefree have received two-year funding and employed a Housing Development Coordinator who will work with young people who are care experienced to improve their housing options.
Supporting Separated Children Seeking Asylum
Over the last few months Carefree has started supporting separated children seeking asylum who have moved to Cornwall. This page shares information and stories about this new branch of our work.
Carefree are supporting various programmes that support young people to access education, employment and training. This page outlines our current active projects.
The Multiply Project
Carefree is delighted to be receiving funding from Cornwall Council for a new project called Multiply. This project helps care-experienced young people without GCSE or Level 2 maths to develop their number skills and discover new confidence in their maths ability.
Cornwall Council’s local offer
Here is a link to Cornwall Council’s local offer to care leavers which Carefree supports to deliver. This Offer sets out the principles and the process by which Cornwall Council, along with other agencies, aim to make sure that you are provided with personal support so that you achieve your potential as you make your transition to adulthood and independence.