Breakthrough Residential

After 3 successful years, our Breakthrough programme is almost complete. With just the graduation left to go, we were delighted to organise a special residential with Brathay, up in the beautiful Lake District for our care-experienced young people.

Breakthrough was designed to give care-experienced young people aged 15-18 a voice as they approached the transition into becoming care leavers. By offering group events, career insight sessions as well as bespoke one-on-one support, the young people have been learning important employability skills but also gaining the confidence to believe in their own potential.

Another First

The residential was the first time our care-experienced young people experienced nature in this wonderful way!
“I liked how everyone got involved in the activities and how the activities itself helped us to overcome our fears.”

One Last Time

By bringing the group away one last time, it allowed for them to connect to each other in a deep and meaningful way. The residential provided the perfect setting to truly solidify a peer network where our young people felt comfortable to talk to each other about their past experiences and future dreams.

“It was so nice to be able to communicate and relate to other”

Amazing Activities

Between scrambling, climbing, boating and more, the residential had something for everyone and pushed our young people to embrace their strength and learn some new ones!

Thank goodness the weather was nice!
“The activities with the Whaler Boats was the best, we all had to split into teams and ride the boats out in the lake – and we supported each other and learnt together.”

“I loved how nice and supportive all the staff were, also how easy it was to have conversations with everyone. I also really enjoyed the Ghyll scrambling, which was an activity that I was not sure on that at the beginning.”

Breatkthrough Participant

Short but Powerful

Despite the residential only being a short trip, it was clear from the smiles and pictures that our young people will remember this experience for a long time!

“I loved how quiet and peaceful it was out there and loved walking around, especially down by the water watching the sun setting. Also, going star gazing and seeing shooting stars around the camp fire was amazing!”
Claudia Roehlen - Programme Manager

Claudia Roehlen - Programme Manager

“I am beyond proud of each and every participant on the Breakthrough Programme. There have been some challenges along the way, like the pandemic, but it was so nice to see that we were able to maintain a supportive and engaged group dynamic. The young people have formed friendships and continue to support each other. They are leaving Breakthrough as strong and motivated young adults. I am particularly happy that so many young people have remained in education and training and have found part-time jobs., This will help them to become successful and live independently. I am excited to see where they go next!"

Aspire to be your best!

We are currently accepting referrals for our newest youth programme: ASPIRE! Make sure to click for further details or for further information and a friendly chat, contact our Youth Programme Manager Claudia at claudia@driveforwardfoundation.org or call 07384 314 079.
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