CLOSER (Care Leavers Offering Support for Each otheR)

"I started CLOSER society because I was concerned about the number of drop outs the university saw in care leaver students. This is not uncommon across the United Kingdom. Care leavers are 50% more likely to drop out compared to their non-looked after peers. This tells me that there could be better support put in place for care leavers, and who better to support them than their looked after experienced peers."

“Individually we are one drop but together, we are one ocean”.

CLOSER is a society for care leavers, it is set up as a mentoring society whereby first year care leavers will be mentored by second/third year/postgraduate care leavers. We all support each other. Integrating into university life can be challenging, it can be even more challenging for care leavers. Whether you are a first, second or third year, undergraduate or postgraduate, this is a community where we can all come together to talk about our worries and anxieties at university and lessen the load.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, join the society today.


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