Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Practical Partners

Supporting young people in care and care leavers to make a successful transition into adulthood

Young person sitting talking to an adult adviser.

What is Practical Partners?

The Practical Partners project helps care leavers aged 16 to 25 become more independent. It offers them support and guidance to overcome challenges they may face on the path to adulthood.

What support is available?

Services for Young People is working in partnership with GoVolHerts to recruit and train 30 volunteer mentors who will provide one-to-one support to 60 care leavers over 2 years.

The support offered will be tailored to each person’s needs and will cover the following areas:

  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Handling money and bills
  • DIY skills and home management
  • Coping with the challenges of being a parent
  • Finding work, education and training opportunities


Know a young person who would benefit from this support?

If you would like further information about the project or types of support available, please email the Practical Partners Team.

To refer a young person to the Practical Partners project, please complete the referral form and email it to
When you make a referral, a member of the team will be in touch within two days to discuss the next steps.

Interested in becoming a volunteer mentor? 

If you are aged 18 or over and and would like to express your interest in training to become a volunteer mentor, please email the Practical Partners Team or complete the form below and we'll get back to you.

Expression of interest form

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From a young person 
“I really enjoyed getting to know [my volunteer mentor] today, I am now looking forward to learning new life skills, particularly around budgeting and spending smartly.”

Read about the progress of the Practical Partners project


GoVolHerts is a charity offering free support, best practice advice and volunteering opportunities to organisations across Hertfordshire.

Practical Partners is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and delivered by Services for Young People in partnership with GoVolHerts.