Minister Roderic O’Gorman, TD, and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, have launched a bursary scheme to fund practical supports for educational and career development for young people who were previously in the care of Tusla.
The bursary, funded by Dormant Accounts, makes available a grant of up to €5,000 to support the educational and career development goals of care experienced young people aged between 18 and 30.
Tusla welcomes applications from young people with a minimum of six months care experience. Applications will be considered for fees for an education or training course, not funded by the State, or practical supports required to complete a course the young person has enrolled in. Examples of these might be IT materials, tools, or other equipment.
The Minister said, “I am delighted to launch this bursary scheme in conjunction with Tusla. We know that supporting young people to do well in education and training is critical in terms of building self-confidence, future employment, financial security, health and wellbeing.”
“This scheme provides practical support for young people who were previously in the care of Tusla, and I would encourage anyone meeting the criteria to consider applying for support. Details of the scheme, including how to apply, are on the Tusla website.”
Bernard Gloster, CEO Tusla said
“This bursary scheme is an example of real, practical supports, that can assist young people with care experience in their daily lives. We are happy to be able to provide this bursary scheme with the support of the Minister and his Department.”
The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st October 2021. Further information can be found at www.tusla.ie , or from Tusla aftercare workers.