Wiltshire Council Care Leaver Promise

Health and leisure

We know life isn't all about education and work. Having fun, keeping fit, staying healthy and meeting with your friends are all just as important.

Free access to our  sports centres

All Wiltshire Care leavers and children in care have free access to a range of activities at any of the council-owned sports centres in Wiltshire. For those living outside of Wiltshire we will offer the equivalent financial support with membership.

Contribution towards Wi-Fi costs

We consulted with you and you told us how difficult it can be keeping in touch with friends, particularly if you have moved between different placements.

Health Passport

We will make sure that every care leaver has their own 'Health Passport' when you turn 18 or leave care. This will provide a summary of relevant health conditions, check-ups, and immunisations. We know how difficult it can be to keep track of all these things and so it's helpful to have all the information in once place.

Emotional and mental health

There are a wide range of services in Wiltshire which can provide support including:

  • The Samaritans - provides around the clock service to anyone who is experiencing problems and needs to talk to someone. Call 116123or email jo@samaritans.org
  • MIND and RETHINK - provide  help and advice to anyone experiencing mental health problems or to people concerned about others. MIND can be contacted on 0300123 3393 RETHINK Mental illness can be contacted on 0300 5000 927

CAMHS Flexible transitions -  this support has a mental health focus but also incorporates life skills, employment and/or education opportunities, and generally building emotional resilience for young people who would otherwise struggle to maintain  their wellbeing during the transition to adulthood.  The flexible transition offer will be explored with those young people whose emotional development would continue to benefit from a CAMHS intervention post 18, but do not require an adult mental health service.

Additional support

We will also support you with:

  • Information on healthy living,
  • Getting help to pay for  prescriptions
  • Registering with a GP
  • Information on counselling  services
  • Help with transport costs  when attending health appointments