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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.

What's the latest?

Real Recognise Real

Have you been finding yourself pondering people from the past or replaying long lost scenarios in your head lately? Welcome to the club! As we’re sat indoors either keeping busy or lounging around, this gives us way too much time to fall back into old thought patterns and shady places. We find ourselves hoping that those who’ve done us wrong in the past are OK, even those who took us to some of the darkest places we’ve ever been to. There’s nothing wrong with genuinely hoping the best for others, even those who hurt us, but there’s a big difference in hoping so and actively expressing it. As much as you might miss a specific person, especially during the pandemic it’s highly important you don’t take yourself to the same place where you felt pain. I strongly believe that nobody can heal whilst being in the same place where their hurt was caused. This includes half-hearted friendships, failed talking stages and toxic ex’s, the entire lot!

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Give Me SpaceTime

You find yourself swamped with deadlines despite being at home. You find yourself exhausted regardless of how much you’ve slept. There are dishes to do and you need to wash your hair. Return that call. Check emails again. Attend a lengthy lecture on Microsoft Teams and don’t forget all the backed-up FaceTime calls in your schedule.

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From care to career – a young person’s perspective

Before I went into care, I constantly had arguments with my parents; to the point that I became homeless for nine months. A lot has happened after that, but eventually I was really lucky to find myself living with a loving foster family who have taken on the roles of a great parent for me.

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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 moths 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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COVID-19 is putting care leavers at risk

It’s a global crisis, and we need your help to get through it.

Care leavers are one of the most overlooked and underrepresented groups in the UK. Today, they’re also among those affected by the Coronavirus crisis. You can help them stay safe, healthy and motivated. Donate to our Covid-19 care leaver fund or volunteer your time and skills and support care leavers to stay on track to fulfill their full potential.