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Juno Schwarz

My Old Friend, Isolation

One day, this pandemic will be over and isolation, depression and anxiety for many will be that horrible time when they experienced something that care leavers have experienced their whole lives and many will continue to, long after Corona has done its deed.

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Juno Schwarz

It’s a strange period of time

Self-care comes in many shapes and sizes, whether its eating what you love, face timing a friend, banging on a face mask listening to your favourite record, going through your skincare routine or lounging in bed til 12 in the afternoon just do it and do NOT feel guilty about it.

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Juno Schwarz

COVID-19 – Recovery in a Crisis

For the thousands of people who live with an eating disorder – myself included – the pandemic is wreaking havoc with our lives and recoveries. Being unable to buy food is an absolute nightmare – ‘nourish to flourish’ is a lot harder when the only food in the shops seem to be soups and low-calorie items – living off which could lead to a rapid spiral.

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Juno Schwarz

Going strong: The DFF National Policy Forum

The Drive Forward Policy Forum has been going for three years now and come from strength to strength. Personally, I am most excited for the expansion of our National Policy Forum. Though our London group of over 30 care leavers is well established, we set out in 2019 to expand to pastures new. Since then, we have connected with care-experienced young people right across the UK.

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Juno Schwarz

#CareDay20 – celebrating young people in all their glory

At Drive Forward, we see care-experienced people doing amazing things every day. We know that the stereotypes and statistics do not
reflect the real story. That’s why we celebrate Care Day – to take the time to appreciate all of the fantastic care-experienced people that we work with and everything they have achieved.

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Juno Schwarz

Civil Service kick-off

We are very happy and proud that 33 young people working with Drive Forward have been successful with their applications; that represents over 20% of all the openings available! Over the next couple of weeks, they will join different Departments ranging from the Department for Education to the foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Juno Schwarz

Our Impact this year

As we’re approaching the last weeks of 2019, we’re happy to share some of the successes and challenges Drive Forward and our young people have faced this year.

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Join Us At Drive Forward

Make sure you meet the following:

  • Are you care-experienced?

You are care-experienced if you have spent time in foster care, residential care (children's home), under a Special Guardianship Order and/ or supported accommodation outside of the family.

  • Are you between 16 and 26 years old?
  • Do you have the right to work in the UK?
  • Do you live in one of the London boroughs?
  • Do you want to move forward with your career?

Then get in contact with us:

You can either contact Megan directly or complete the form below. Alternatively, you can be referred to us by an agency like Job Centre Plus or by your Leaving Care Team. Just talk to them about Drive Forward and ask them to complete this form.

Moreover, if you’re a foster parent or professional working with young people who fit the above criteria and want to find out more about our services or refer a young person to us, then please don’t hesitate to contact us or complete this form!

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