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Jasmin's Story

Jasmin was feeling overwhelmed: home, health and study worries left her with the weight of the world on her shoulders. As we hear from too many young care leavers, Jasmin had no one to turn to for support.

After undergoing surgeryJasmin* returned home to heal. There, she discovered that instead of focussing on her health, she would have to fight for funding to buy equipment to ease her pain.  

Then she found our Care Advice Service. Relieved to find a listening ear and expert support, Jasmin spoke for over an hour, telling us she was really struggling and couldn’t deal with the enormity of the problems she was facing.  

We were able to support Jasmin by liaising with the Local Authority. We learned that their policy on purchase thresholds didn’t reflect her individual needs. We challenged the decision, outlining the health benefits for Jasmin, and they agreed to release the funds. 

As is often the case with the young people we serve, Jasmin was confronting complex challenges. She was anxious about her future; though she had agreement from her university to extend her studies due to ill health, Jasmin wasn't sure her Local Authority would agree. We had the difficult conversation and they agreed to pay Jasmin's rent for the duration of her studies. 

Knowing Jasmin’s rehabilitation won’t happen overnight, we introduced her to care act assessments as another source of support. Feeling buoyed by recent successes and empowered by what she’d learned, Jasmin is readily pursuing assessment options. 

 

*Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. 

If like Jasmin you feel you might benefit from advice or support, please contact our Care Advice Service on 0800 023 2033 / advice@becomecharity.org.uk
"You've got no idea how much you've helped me. I've been fighting for a year to get that money, they’ve never been so quick to sort anything out. I now hope to stand a chance at graduating."
-Jasmin