Reboot West - Bridges Fund Management








Reboot West

Improving the life chances of care leavers in Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Investment Strategy

Outcomes Contracts


Healthier Lives; Future Skills

Date of initial investment

September 2018

Bridges Executives

Andrew Levitt
Iciar Ania


Care leavers are much more likely to achieve worse life outcomes than young people who have not been in care. Of care leavers aged 17-21, 38% are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in comparison to 13% of all 17-21 year olds. Just 6% of young people with experience of the care system will attend university, compared to almost 50% of the general population. Overall, care leavers face a much higher risk of homelessness, teenage pregnancy and unemployment overall. Those who have been in care between the ages of 10 and 17 are five times more likely to be convicted of a criminal offence or subject to a final warning or reprimand.

Leaving care is a crucial transition, and one where outcomes can deteriorate rapidly.  This is often linked to a lack of stability, lack of consistency and insufficient support, as well as the challenge of moving from higher intensity support to independence with limited help through transitions.

Investable Solution

Reboot West is one of three outcomes contracts commissioned by The Department for Education in 2018 – the first set ever commissioned by the department – and one of the two awarded to Bridges. Reboot West will work with approximately 250 care leavers over 4 years across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Bridges has teamed up with 1625 Independent People, a leading voluntary sector provider of services to young people leaving care and at risk of homelessness in the South West who specialise in providing support services for young people to help them into accommodation, employment and education.

Reboot West will employ Coaches who will work with care leavers for up to four years using approaches informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This will involve helping young people to identify the things that are more important to them and their values enabling them to progress into work, training opportunities and achieve fulfilling lives and careers. As part of the programme, Reboot West will be partnering with Deloitte to:

  • Engage employers in the South West to support young people into employment by offering them work experience, training and jobs, in turn meeting local skills gaps; and
  • Recruit and train mentors to help young people overcome barriers they face entering and sustaining work and training.  

Reboot West will focus on bringing together local authority leaving care teams across the West of England, colleges and local businesses with a common goal of achieving better outcomes for care leavers.


Reboot West will look to support care leavers into and to sustain education, training and employment opportunities while fostering their stability and well-being.