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Celebration Fund for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

What is this fund for?

All councillors at Surrey County Council are committed to being good corporate parents and this means they will drive and support children and young people in care and leaving care to achieve their potential. To help with this there is a small, discretionary fund that our corporate parents have set aside to:

  • support a child/young person pursue a hobby or interest;
  • do a one off activity that will really benefit a child/young person's overall wellbeing;
  • provide a child/young person with some additional 'equipment' to help be independent/achieve something;
  • go on some sort of visit, trip or excursion (e.g. school trip); or
  • celebrate achievements.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

The applications and awards made through this fund are expected to make a positive difference to a child or young person's life in his/her personal growth, development and achievement.

Please be aware that due to limited funding available what is applied for must be outside of what children in care and care leavers are entitled to and what we expect the child or young person's carer to normally provide.

How much is the award?

The maximum amount of each award is £300 per child/per young person. (Exceptions can be made if a case is clearly made as to why more would be required.) In order to ensure that as many children and young people can benefit from this fund as possible, each child/young person is entitled to a maximum of one award in a financial year.

Please download the guidance for application below to see the full details.

How to make an application?

Applications can only be made via social workers, personal advisors and the Principal Lead for the Virtual School.

We really want to hear the voice of children and young people within the application process, and encourage those wishing to make an application to think about how best to do this including the use of video or audio clips.

Social workers, personal advisors and the Principal Lead for the Virtual School

Please download and complete the application form in collaboration with the child or young person and then submit it to this email address:

Looked after children, care leavers and carers

Please download and complete page two of the application form before passing it to your social worker or personal advisor for completion of page one of the form. They are responsible for submitting applications to this email address:

Deadlines of application

Application deadlines are:

  • 24 April 2019
  • Unfortunately we are not able to take applications for July
  • Unfortunately we are not able to take applications for August
  • 21 November 2019
  • 8 January 2020

We will aim to make the result of your application known to you within two weeks of the panel's decision, confirming the amount of the award.

Your corporate parents look forward to receiving your application!


If you have any queries regarding this scheme, making an application or any feedback about the process, please email:

Files available to download