It’s vital that on turning 18, young people with SEND have a plan which allows them to look to their future with confidence and clarity and with a clear pathway – particularly when it comes to further education or employment.

Transitioning from school to college or work can be a challenging time for most young people. This is especially true for those with mental health issues, and/or SEND, who may also be young carers.

That’s why Crossroads Care provides a transitional project, which works with young people, from as early as 15 years old, focusing on things like community experiences, college/career counselling, and independent living skills.

If they are interested in a particular career, or internship, we help them explore and overcome challenges which may prevent them from achieving a positive transition. We aim to empower young people to reach their individual goals, identifying and matching their skills to employment and career prospects. We also help them with CV and personal statement writing as well as work experience and interview and travel skills.

Sophie, 22, who is now a Young Ambassador for Crossroads Care, is just one of the many young people supported by Crossroads who has taken part in this project.

Sophie, a young Carer who has autism, initially joined our Saturday Club more than ten years ago. The club is a safe space for 8 – 18-year-olds with SEND, who are often socially isolated, to build self-esteem, make friends and take part in an array of skill-building and sportive activities such as street dance and karate.

Sophie, who is now working as a teaching assistant in a local school, says: ‘The Saturday Club and Transition Project changed me so much. I learnt so many skills which helped me to get a job. I feel much happier and confident. Crossroads Care staff have helped me communicate with people, make new friends, and feel included.’

Crossroads Care CEO, Julie Da Costa, says. ‘We work diligently over many years with our young people, providing them with opportunities to learn new skills while boosting their confidence – all positive experiences which they will carry with them into the future.

‘Young people with SEND have so much to give, and offer employers. It’s a particular highlight of our work to help prepare young people, such as Sophie, to be independent, to aspire and reach their full potential.’

If you would like to learn more about our services, work at one of our community-based projects or core services, or become a Friend of Crossroads, email or phone 0208 943 9421.