Enhancing the Life Chances and Enabling the Educational Success of Calderdale’s Children in Care

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TLC was launched in Calderdale in 2011 to improve the lives of Children Looked After by facilitating the support they need to fulfil their potential – whatever that may be.

Our fundraising activity supports added value initiatives designed to meet specific needs beyond the statutory care Calderdale’s Children Looked After already receive.

Children Looked After are growing up in a variety of residential or foster homes. Calderdale has over 300 Children Looked After aged 0-18 and the number varies as circumstances change. They are part of the 69,500 children in care in England.

TLC also aims to fund ‘added value’ support for young adults up to age 25 who were Children Looked After in Calderdale.  These Care Leavers face the challenges of independent living, workplace training and Higher Education.

TLC Projects

The funds raised for TLC are used to initiate a number of projects that benefit Children Looked After and Care Leavers up to age 25 in Calderdale.  These projects are chosen to support the aspirations of Children Looked After and help improve their opportunities and outcomes in a variety of ways usually with an emphasis on education, training or skills.

Catch-Up Tuition

TLC is funding Catch-Up Tuition for selected secondary and primary school Children Looked After in Calderdale. This project follows on from the distribution of TLC’s Revision Kits for GCSE students.


About Letterbox TLC Halifax

Since 2011 TLC has continuously funded the Letterbox Scheme which provides books and learning packages for Children Looked After of primary school age in Calderdale.

Busy Boxes

Busy boxes are toolkits of creative materials funded by TLC.  They enable 3-6 year olds to enjoy active, creative play at home with their carers.  Creative play builds confidence and helps with early development of the literacy skills which support all subjects at school.

Busy Boxes TLC Halifax

Enrichment Fund

Enrichment Fund TLC Halifax

TLC’s Enrichment Fund provides financial help to applicants with a specific educational, training or development need which is not funded elsewhere. Examples include private tuition, uniforms and essential equipment for activities including sport and music.


Peer to peer mentoring (provided by Children Looked After who have been through the care system) supports younger children in high school and improves behaviour, confidence and results.  TLC has piloted the scheme and will be funding mentoring in more Calderdale schools.

Mentoring TLC Halifax

Independent Living

Independent Living TLC Halifax

TLC has provided financial support for the GOAL project which supports Care Leavers in Calderdale. Through mentoring and workshops Care Leavers prepare for independent living, budgeting and managing their adult lives with peer support.

Patrons of TLC Charity

Dr Gervase Phinn
Dr Gervase Phinn Educational Broadcaster and Writer
Janet Lumb
Janet LumbTimeout Children’s Homes Halifax
Leigh-Anne Stradeski
Leigh-Anne StradeskiChief Executive Eureka! Museum for Children
Christine Talbot
Christine Talbot Calendar Presenter
Barrie Rutter
Barrie Rutter Actor

Trustees of TLC Charity

Craig Whittaker MPPeter ListerCatherine KirkRebecca Ingle
Howard BlagbroughSharda ParthasarathiCharles BrickdaleBrenda MonteithLois Highton