Next Step is the leaving care service for Salford.
We provide support to young people in care from the age of 16 and to care leavers up until their 21st birthday (or to the 25th birthday if they are in certain types of education or training).
All young people known to Next Step are assigned a Pathway Advisor (at the age of 16) or an Aftercare Worker (usually once you reach 18).
Next Step also offers a duty service between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday to deal with emergencies when your assigned worker is unavailable.
Salford Opportunities Centre
2 Paddington Close
Salford, M6 5PL
Telephone: 0161 607 1888
Service manager: Phil Varghese
Practice managers: Lynn Leonard and Josie McCarthy
For Salford’s emergency out of hour’s service, please telephone: 0161 603 4500.
If you are under 18 years of age, you will not be entitled to claim most state benefits. Instead Next Step has the responsibility of supporting you financially. How much you receive will depend on your circumstances.
Young people leaving care will qualify for a grant of £2,000 to help with setting up home. Next Step provides an additional financial support package for care leavers going into higher education.
A copy of Next Step’s Finance Policy is available upon request. This specifies the financial support you could be eligible for through our service.