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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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From Care to Career – the long way to sustainable employment

I am number 4 of 5 children my mother had with my father. My father had 13 children in total of which I was number 9. My mother made the decision for me to come and live with family friends in England as a bid to give me a ‘better life’ based on my family circumstances at the time. I came to England in 2002 and I lived in South London with this family for almost 8 years. The first 4 years of living with them, I was not allowed out of the house and was not allowed traditional education but was merely acting as the family’s live-in au-pair. I endured countless amounts of physical, emotional and mental abuse whilst living with the family.

I had no friends and no family to confide in. As I got older, I could not take it anymore which led to me running away and reporting my situation to the police. The police introduced me to Merton social services who supported me for most of my early adult years from 2010 until I finished university in 2019.

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Join our team – Communications Officer

Working alongside the Director of Fundraising & Communications, you will play a pivotal role in bringing our charity’s communications up to the next level!

In your role, you’ll be collaborating with the whole of our team, creating interesting and engaging content to help raise awareness, find new partners, and enable more care-experienced young people to achieve their full potential.

This a very varied role in which you’ll have the opportunity to learn and improve your skills across content production (blogging, social media, videos, podcast) as well as managing multiple social media channels, and occasional press work.

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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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