Symmetrical is a charity with the sole purpose of supporting young people in North Staffordshire between the ages of 17 and 25 who are growing away from social care and building a life as an independent young adult.
Our mission is to surround young people leaving care with support from adults who have the skills, knowledge, experience and goodwill to act as mentors. Mentors who can offer help to gain access to education, training, work and a social and professional network that is sometimes provided by family and friends.
We would like to help youngsters develop into independent and responsible adults. We will work with young people, listen to them, understand their aspirations and collaborate when they ask for support. We will be there when things don’t go right first time.
We will provide practical help to young people, that they want and ask for. Help with everything from learning to look after themselves and their homes to celebrating successes together.
We will help them, if they wish, to plan their futures, their independent futures as resilient young people making their own way. In brief, if a youngster asks for help with something, we will do our best to collaborate with them and find a way to provide it. However, in so doing, we will be mindful of the Chinese proverb:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Stepping stones to independence
Our sole purpose is to support care leavers. We offer advice and support to build life skills and support young people on their journey to independence. Our core offer consists of five main elements:
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