Our Work

Our initial work involves supporting young people in the Yorkshire region, specifically those who are or have been in the care of the Local Authority and are thus at increased risk of harm, for example from child sexual exploitation. Our mission is to provide targeted support to inspire these young people to achieve their full potential.


How Your Donations Will Make a Difference

Further and Higher Education for Care-Leavers

The trust are currently working in partnership with various  High Schools, Tertiary Education providers, Wakefield College, Huddersfield University & Sheffield University,  with plans to extend to other educational establishments in the near future.  Together, we have identified real gaps in the needs of children who are brought up in the care system and as result feel that it is impossible to continue their education after high school.  Published figures show only 6% of Care Leavers progress to further and higher education

In partnership with Huddersfield University we are developing a Mentorship scheme, for students who were brought up in-care, to provide them with the ongoing support they need but cannot receive from their parents or carers. The scheme is jointly funded by The Trust and the University and supported by professionals at all levels of the organisation. We aim to make Huddersfield University, UK’s number 1 choice, for care-leavers, looking after them throughout their university life, encouraging them to believe in themselves, to be inspired to achieve the best results possible and continue onto successful careers. In 2019 we have seen some real success stories which shows ” your money is well spent”

We are planning a new scheme to help local schools deliver a positive message to their in-care children, showing them that there is a real future in further and higher education for them. The Trust will offer funded visits to local Universities and further education establishments for groups of in-care children. The Trust plans to use the scheme to form a bridge between schools, colleges and Universities bringing them together to encourage in-care children to plan for a more successful future.

We also plan to provide essential equipment such as laptops, books, software etc. which many of us take for granted, but which are not readily available for this group of young people.  When required we may also provide Rail cards and other such items, that may make the difference, for a vulnerable child, in deciding if they can access further education, but feel that they are not able.  Travel restrictions are somethings many people do not consider or just take for granted, but can be a roadblock to some young people.

If you wish to get involved in shaping our educational support  packages please contact us by email at ss-ft@outlook.com

Child Sexual Exploitation

We are also hoping to work in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, in providing funds, which will provide counselling, medical support and therapeutic interventions, and also support for young people who have been affected by, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation. We will remain transparent in how we plan  to allocate funds as we look at other schemes in the future.

The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust are working closely with the various agencies and authorities to support victims of, and those at risk of, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).  In the past we have support from experienced professionals from the Hand-in-Hand project who work preventatively, in a variety of settings, with vulnerable children to help them avoid becoming victims of sexual exploitation. The project also works with other professionals, providing them with training and awareness of the issues around CSE. Hand-in-Hand also works with victims of CSE, treating each young person as an individual providing advice, advocacy, and support for them, to make positive changes and choices in their lives.

If you are a not-for-profit organisation working with those at risk of, or victims of CSE, and wish to work with us or receive our support then please contact us by email at ss-ft@outlook.com

Our Promise To Donors

We have five Trustees who give up their time freely, the Trustees take 100% no monies from the funds donated.  Everything raised go directly to where the donation or funds raised was intended, it goes directly to  young people to support them.  We have no paid staff and all of our volunteers do so without payment.