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Power To Live: taking care-experienced mental health seriously

The collaboration between Drive Forward and Power to Live Foundations has made a positive impact on the lives of care-experienced youth. With shared values and a focus on mental health, over 20 young individuals have received behavioral psychotherapy sessions. Power to Live emphasizes behavioral change, helping clients detach from negative thoughts and move towards a value-driven life. Trust and therapeutic relationships are key, especially when working with youth who have experienced attachment trauma. Despite the challenges, the experience is immensely rewarding, as therapists witness the courage and resilience of their clients. This collaboration has not only helped the youth, but also allowed therapists to grow and connect on a deep level.

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Boosting Careers: Latifah & the Civil Service Internship

“When I met Latifah, she was completing her degree whilst raising her daughter. Although her passion was and has always been theatre and performance, she was excited to hear about the Civil Service. Latifah told me how it was important for her as a care leaver to be represented in government and have access to these competitive opportunities that are difficult to get through mainstream recruitment.” – Heaven Teshome, Latifah’s Careers Manager

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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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Work place discrimination highest in London

For International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2022, we want to share our own Anti-Racism principles here at Drive Forward.

These principles apply towards staff and care-experienced young people alike. Care-experienced young people have enough to deal with without adding racism to the list.

Read on to find out what our care-experienced young people want employers to know about racial discrimination in the work place.

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Burn Out: International Self-Care Day

For International Self-Care Day, Maya is back with another blog piece but this time she is challenging our perceptions of self care. Are we really taking the time we need to recharge properly or are we actually burning ourselves out?

Maya explores self sabotage, over committed social events and the benefits of distraction.

Read on for self care with a difference!

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Strong Partnerships: Superdrug & Drive Forward

In January 2020, Superdrug became an official partner of Drive Forward, and provided placement opportunities in key roles across head office and pharmacy.

2019 saw the start of this rewarding partnership. We kicked off by attending a couple of ‘Interview Prep & Pizza’ events with members of Superdrug’s Access All Areas social mobility network, which was a fantastic introduction to the initiative.

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Change happens – Life goes on

The pandemic has hit the young people we’re working with extremely hard. Many of them have lost their jobs right at the beginning of the crisis in February-March, especially the younger ones 19, 20 years old. A lot of our young people are given a council flat or studio at a young age, which means that they’ve a lot of financial responsibilities. Several of them have additional caring duties looking after young children, siblings or sick family members.

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Making the most of the Care Leaver Internship Scheme with Drive Forward

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43BdQ2ezXpE In an effort to implement the cross-government Keep On Caring strategy, several departments have created work and learning opportunities for care-experienced young people. From the Department of Education, to the Ministry of Defence, to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, all of them share the government’s ambition to become the most inclusive

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