EaCES (Estranged & Care Experienced Students)Country: england & IRELAND
To give a platform to, raise awareness of and provide peer support to care leavers, orphaned, care experienced and estranged students across the UK and Ireland.
Hello! We are EaCES (pronounced ee-ay-cez) – that stands for Estranged and Care Estranged Students.
We are primarily a peer support network and platform by and for students who are estranged, care experienced, care leavers, orphaned and at risk of/wishing to become estranged. We also encourage universities and colleges to up their support. Our project is virtual and covers the UK and Ireland.
The network grew out of an Instagram community (@estranged_and_ce_students) set up back in 2016 to raise awareness of and help fill in the huge gap in support for students like us. Then we started The EaCES Handbook in June 2020 during the first COVID-19 lockdown.
The EaCES Handbook is a virtual guide written by estranged and care experienced students (EaCES) 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.