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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 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.

Creating Career Opportunities: The Civil Service

The Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme provides ring-fenced 12-month paid employment opportunities for care leavers aged 18-30 across the country. With no formal qualifications required, the scheme is a prime example of potential-based recruitment.

This extraordinary initiative has come a long way since the first Drive Forward interns joined the Department for Culture, Media and Sports in 2016. The Civil Service Care Leaver Internship scheme has grown to offer some 500 ring-fenced opportunities to care-experienced young people across the UK annually. With the recent publication of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care calling for at least 3,500 new jobs or apprenticeships, we need more schemes like this! Read more about how you can start a similar scheme in your company!

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Network & Nourish

For many young people – and in fact many of us – the prospect of dressing up smartly and stepping into a room with professionals, is uncomfortable at best and anxiety inducing at worst.

Eager to help young people take the edge off networking, our partners at BIE Executive designed an innovative and unique event. Network & Nourish aims at demystifying the world of networking and exposing the person behind the job title, they brought a variety of business leaders, high-level professionals, and young people together. 

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Lives in Care: Stories of Resilience

Mindhouse Productions, the makers of the award-winning radio series and podcast Grounded With Louis Theroux, is teaming up with BBC Radio 4 and our Tony Simpson to explore life in the British care system.

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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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