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Good Mental Health – not a luxury, but a right

Unfortunately, poor mental health is very common among the care-experienced population and can make life even more difficult for them. Things such as employment, personal care and wellbeing, or independent living are much harder to maintain when struggling with one’s mental health. There are already specialised services for care leavers such as housing officers and personal advisers, and it’s time we matched this provision with specialised mental health services too.

Currently, we are focusing on gaining more insight into the different experiences of care leavers and collecting their suggestions, ideas, and innovations to create a more comprehensive picture of what a well-functioning mental health service provision for care-experienced people would look like.

Belonging in the Workplace

According to a recent report conducted by Coram Voice on challenging stigma in the care system, 1 in 10 care leavers felt that, as a care leaver, they have been treated worse than their contemporaries. This has been reflected in conversations with individuals we work with at Drive Forward, many of whom are frustrated by hearing the same negative statistics and stories in the media and by professionals working in the care system. This can have an impact on how individuals see themselves as well as how they are treated in the workplace. The most common reason that individuals who we work with leave their jobs is that they feel isolated from their colleagues, different and undervalued. 

A Multi-Faceted Problem requiring a multi-agency solution: decriminalising care

Addressing Criminalisation in London’s Care System from a Lived Experience Perspective at City Hall It is the morning of the first day of February 2019. It may be torrentially raining but members of the Drive Forward Policy Forum are leaving city hall feeling happy and excited. Some of them have just met with Sophie Linden …

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Drive Forward Service Showcase – we’re more holistic than ever!

2019 has been a transformational year for our charity. We’ve gone from 12 members of staff to 18; introduced two Early Intervention Programmes; as well as a new Advocacy and Wellbeing service; all of which will see us work with up to 500 care-experienced young people this year. To share our excitement, we invited referral …

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Insights on the Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme

On Thursday, young people and referral partners were invited to join us for an insightful breakfast morning dedicated to the Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme. Since the publication of the governments ‘Keep on Caring’ strategy in 2016, several government departments have delivered on their responsibility to play a greater role in offering work experience, …

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