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Helping young adults leaving foster or residential care to achieve their full potential with exciting and sustainable employment opportunities.

Welcome to the Drive Forward Foundation.

Supporting care-experienced young people aged 16-26 in London to transition from care into a career.

Drive Forward helps care leavers find a career

Care Leavers

If you’re driven to be independent, find your way and make something of yourself, then see how you can join us and start heading in the direction that’s right for you.

Drive Forward supports care leavers with work placements

Business Partners

We want to give your business the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and hardest working young talent out there. Discover how partnering with Drive Forward can create opportunities for our young people and you.
Drive Forward provides one to one support for care leavers appying for a job

Volunteers

Whether it’s having a chat over a cup of tea, sharing your experiences, stories and skills, or becoming an ongoing mentor, you can volunteer your time and make a massive difference in a young person’s life.
Drive Forward volunteers guide and mentor care leavers searching for new career opportunities

Supporters

We are a charitable foundation that couldn’t make the changes we make without the support of people like you. Take a look at how your donations and fundraising efforts enable us to expand the horizons of our young people.

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childhood memories

Care Experience & Childhood Memories

Our childhood memories shape who we are, how we see ourselves and the way that we relate to those around us. These memories are intricately shaped by our family. Parents reminisce with their children several times a day – reliving holidays, occasions, funny moments or behaviours. Consider your own memories – are they related to stories you have heard your mum tell countless times at family occasions? Do you have clear images from a moment in your childhood that is connected to the photographs you have up in your house? In research into how we form childhood memories, researchers themselves recount that they have misremembered events that happened to their sibling as their own because of the strong emotional connection.

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Female care leavers and the construction of identity

Many women exiting the care system, despite the barriers they face, receive exemplary grades and obtain employment in highly competitive fields such as business, law, social care, politics and finance. However, statistically this isn’t as common as it should be. Statistically, the barriers facing these young women can have serious impacts on their lives, with the complexities of being a woman intersecting with the experience of leaving care. Emotional barriers such as building confidence in order to navigate male-dominated workforces and the pressures of conforming to gender roles which don’t necessarily reflect their identity often tend to go unspoken, underexplored and unsupported by governmental and other relevant authorities.

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A brief history of the UK care system

This short article is an attempt to shed some light on the history of institutional care in Britain. I will draw attention to some of the most important Legal Acts and Figures and provide a rough timeline from the first traces of out-of-home care in 1552 (De Wilde, 2018) to the beginning of our present care system in the 20th century. This article is by no means exhaustive, and only scratches the surface of historical developments that lead us to where we are today. Hence I will signpost a few books and articles that go into more depth about the history of care.

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Getting involved with Drive Forward gave me more confidence, showed me how to approach people and put me in a good mind set to progress with my life.
Micah,18

Why we can't sit still...

2000 young people leave the London care system, ill-equipped for the challenges that await them. They lack the skills, confidence and support to successfully manage their transition into adulthood and independence. 

Drive Forward supports care leavers who are homeless

Homelessness

30% of young people experience homelessness within 6 months of leaving care.

Drive Forward helps care leavers with applications for jobs

Unemployment

40% of care leavers are not in employment, education or training, so-called NEETs.

Drive Forward supports care leavers with mental health issues

Mental Health

50% of care-experienced people suffer from mental ill-health.

Drive Forward helps care leavers get away from domestic abuse

Abuse & Neglect

60% of children going into care do so due to severe neglect and abuse.

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