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Leaving Care Support

How we help

At The Sanctuary Project, we believe that all young people should have the help and support to live a full, happy and enjoyable life. We want you to have big dreams and we want to support you to achieve them. Even if you don't know what you want right now, we want to help you to find what makes you 'tick' and help you discover what you want out of life. We want to help you get the skills you need to live in a place of your own and mostly we want to be part of your journey. 

We offer semi-independent living accommodation, which means you have your own key for your own room and a key for the outside door. It is like having your own place, but sharing with other young people. Staff live on the premises, but are next door in a separate part of the building, so it’s just like having a neighbour! Plus, it means there is someone around if you need some support or if you have an emergency.

Why people come to The Poplars

We live in a big farmhouse called The Poplars where we can look after up to five young people at one time. We look after young people who have been in foster care, residential children’s homes, and other placements where perhaps things haven’t quite worked out and they are looking for something different, or are just ready to be a bit more independent.

We don’t take over your life at The Poplars, and we understand that there are a massive range of reasons why people come to us. Some people aren’t able to see their families because the courts or social services say so and we will be told about this so we can help keep you safe. Some people can have contact with their families and when this is the case we encourage you to visit them, if it is what you want to do. You can also keep in touch using phone and the internet.

Our staff and ourselves love working with young people and we enjoy helping you to learn new skills so that eventually you will be able to manage a flat or house of your own. We know it is really difficult to be able to live on your own as you need to know lots of information to make this possible. If you decide to come and live here we spend time with you every day, making sure we listen to you so that we can find out what support you feel you need. We can then help you to put together a plan to help you achieve your dreams and if you are not sure what you want to do with your life we will try and help you figure it out.

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What young people say

We are proud of the great feedback we have received from young people and professionals alike:

Just to say THANK YOU for everything you have done for me. I’ve learnt so much from both of you. Hopefully I can put my skills into action now! You both are really special people and deserve everything you wish for. Know-one can’t love you, your both contagious
— Young Person
I just wanted to let you know that you have been such great providers for X. She has progressed so well with your support and the positive relationship that you have built with X has really helped her to develop her skills – both practical and emotional and her social skills. I am sure that, thanks to all the support and unconditional acceptance you have given X, she will do really well in her own home and with her growing family!
— Professional
I’d just like to thank you both so much for having me in your home and welcoming me. It means so very much. You both do a really good job at helping and guiding us all. I wouldn’t of known half of the things I do if I didn’t live with you
— Young Person
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How we spend our time with you

We know that you will perhaps take some wrong turns and make mistakes, because we all do, but we feel that this is a good place to make those mistakes.

We can support you to understand what went wrong and how we can help you to change things to get a different and better result.

We love having fun and being creative in our time together, we have support time with you in one-to-one sessions and also do things together in groups.

Things we can help you with:

  • Working out your money with you and helping you to make it go as far as you can
  • Shopping and cooking
  • Doing your own washing and working the machine
  • Getting into good cleaning routines
  • Going with you to appointments
  • Supporting you to put together a CV, find a job, get into college or some kind of training
  • Managing your benefits – what they are and how you claim them
  • Supporting you to look after your health – such as going to the Doctor, Dentist, Optician and other health appointments
  • Helping you to understand other people – your relationships and people around you
  • Supporting you to get out and about and get involved in different activities
  • Getting some DIY skills – learning how to change a plug, unblock a sink, plumb in a washer, put up a shelf, decorate etc
  • Knowing what you are entitled to and how to access legal help if you need to
  • How to make complaints and access services which could help you if you are not happy

Group support might be:

  • Having a joint cooking session with all your housemates and ourselves
  • Going swimming, kayaking or boating
  • Going to play badminton, tennis or golf
  • Doing a project together
  • Having a BBQ – learning how to cook on a BBQ and prepare some really nice food
  • Going to Flamingo Land
  • Having a hair and beauty session
  • Going for a bike ride
  • Going to the theatre
  • Visiting a museum or art gallery
  • Learning about different things together, such as fire safety, keeping safe, food hygiene etc

We know that everyone who comes to stay at The Poplars has different skills. Some people will know how to sort out their washing and use a machine, but might not know how to make their money last for a week and pay rent. Others may be great at cooking, but have never washed their own clothes.

Because you are all different, your plans are all different. You don’t need to worry about what you don’t know. We are here to help you from the basics to the big stuff. We are a patient bunch and we will keep supporting you until you don’t need it anymore.

Moving on from The Poplars

When we feel you are ready, we can test you a bit more and you could move into one of our properties, they are near the main house, in case you need us. Some are for two people to share and others a place where you can live independently. We can continue to provide you with support and where possible you will keep the same key worker that you have had in the main house. We understand that you will have built up trust with members of staff and want them to continue to give you any support which you might need.

When you feel ready we can help you to find a tenancy of your own and support you to get it ready and provide you with ongoing support, if you feel you still need some.

We believe in you!

The most important thing we would like you to remember is that we believe that you are full of potential and can be whoever or whatever you want to be. All it takes is support and your hard work. You are always good enough and being yourself is the best thing that you can be.

If you feel you might like to visit us to see what it is like, please speak to your social worker and we can arrange for you to come along and meet us. We can show you around and hopefully answer any questions you might have.

Information for Professionals

Do you work with a young person that would benefit from living at The Sanctuary Project? Find out about what we offer by downloading our information pack or make a referral.