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YPLA Open Door is a friendly and approachable team that provides services for young people in the care system. These services include:

  • Advocacy
  • Mentors
  • Independent Visitors
  • Workshops and activities



YPLA provides advocacy for you if you are under 25, and are currently, or have been, in care.

Advocates are friendly and approachable. They help you to have your say - whatever your opinion they are there to help you make it heard.

Advocates believe that what you have to say is important and we are always happy to listen to you.

Through advocacy you will be able to raise your concerns and have them addressed at an early stage. It also helps to improve the quality of the services you receive by helping your views to reach those who are responsible for providing them.

An advocate will only take steps that you are happy with. They can make phone calls, write letters and attend meetings with you or on your behalf.

An Advocate can support you at your review and with speaking to social Services and other agencies. They can help you make a complaint and access legal advice when necessary.


A mentor is someone that offers support and guidance to another person. Our mentors are ordinary people from the local area.

Mentors offer support to you in whatever way you need. They are not social workers; they give their time voluntarily and help you because they want to.


A mentor can help with:

  • Getting information on benefits entitlements
  • Accessing education and / or training opportunities
  • Information in relation to housing
  • How to access information on employment opportunities
  • General information on health related matters such as registering fro a doctor
  • Finding information about hobbies and interests
  • Anything else you may want or need to do


If you have a mentor, you will meet with them every one to two weeks for about an hour or two until your goal is met or you decide you no longer need or want a mentor.


A small amount of money is available for refreshments when you meet.


The mentors aim is to help you reach your goals.


Independent Visitors

An Independent Visitor is someone who volunteers to spend some of their time acting as an adult friend to you. They are not social workers.


If you live in a foster home or residential home and do not see your family often, you may be able to have an Independent Visitor.


An Independent Visitor is:

  • someone to visit you
  • someone to talk to you
  • someone to listen to you
  • someone to share your
  • interests and hobbies
  • help you if you have any worries
  • support you and speak up for you
  • be a friend


An Independent Visitor is there to support you.


Outings and Activities

Throughout the year, we run a number of different workshops to give you information that may be useful to you: These include:


  • Knowing your rights
  • Craft sessions
  • Being Healthy
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Animation, and much, much more


We also run a number of fun social activities on a regular basis to provide opportunities for you to meet with and get to know your peers.


These include activities such as:

  • Graffiti Workshops
  • High Ropes
  • Quad Biking
  • Action Park
  • Karting
  • Thorpe Park
  • and more


Case Study

names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients



John was in care and required help from an advocate as he was accommodated on a (section 20) which meant that parents continued to have full parental responsibility. John was invited by his foster carers to join them on holiday abroad. However he needed a passport and parental consent to attend the holiday.


How we helped:

The advocate helped John, and put forward his wishes and feelings and explained how much the trip meant to him. Permission for him to go on the holiday had to be obtained from his parents, although they were not always willing to grant permission.


The advocate worked on behalf of John together with his social worker.



John’s parents gave permission for him to go on holiday with his foster carers and they signed the necessary papers for him to get a passport.