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Support Resources

The EaCES Handbook

The EaCES Handbook is a virtual guide written by estranged and care experienced students (EaCES), as well as orphaned and refugee students, to bring together information and advice to help other students from the same background - including official support, our own experiences, and practical tips. The Handbook is designed to support students like us pre-entry, throughout our time at University and post-graduation.


The NUS is working in partnership with Stand Alone to ensure estranged students’ voices are heard, and their needs understood. The NUS Connect Welfare Zone offers practical advice and guidance, and you can visit your students’ union via the university’s website to find out what support they can offer.


Brightside is a charity dedicated to helping young people achieve their potential. They provide information and support for those considering higher education through their website, Bright Knowledge, and their 'Realising Opportunities' programme through selected universities.


Turn2us is a charity that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants, and other support services.


Unite Foundation

The Unite Foundation provides free accommodation and a scholarship fund for young people in difficult circumstances who wish to enter higher education – find out more.


Buttle UK

Buttle UK helps young people in difficult situations access education, employment, and training. They offer a range of support packages, including grants – find out more.

Stand Alone

Stand Alone is a charity supporting people who have become estranged from their parents. Their Student Support Portal provides detailed advice and support about finances and accommodation for young people entering higher education.