Committed To Making A Difference.

But we expect that commitment to work both ways. We’re not a charity that promises to change your world overnight. But if you come with us, we do guarantee to be with you every step of the way on a tried and tested course designed for you to create a brighter future.

How We Can Support You

Leaving the care system and making your way into the world of work is daunting, we understand that. Many of the young people we have helped came to us uncertain about what their future held, unsure how to get their careeroff the ground and lacking in self-confidence.

One-to-One Support

Work together with an experienced Employment Consultant to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your career.

Mentoring

Better navigate the world of work and progress quicker in your career with the help of a professional mentor.

Exclusive Career Opportunities

Gain access to a pool of exclusive work placement and job opportunities with our partners across London.

Training & Development

Includes skills training like mindful yoga, writing convincing applications, & interview prep.

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One-To-One Support

Career support for care leaver with Drive Forward

Mutual trust, patience and understanding are the pillars of what we do here at Drive Forward.We understand the challenges youface during the difficult period goingfrom life in careinto employment and independence.

When you join Drive Forward, you will get an Employment Consultant who ishere to guide you and provide you with the support, knowledge and networks you need to succeed.Together youwill explore different career options, work on your CV and interview skills, and create a realistic route into employment or education. The important thing is, that everything we do is tailored to your specific goals and aspirations.

Feeling inspired? See how you can join Drive Forward or refer a young person

Mentoring

Care leaver career opportunities with Drive Forward

Inspiration And Advice From Industry Professionals

Once you have gotten into a new job, work placement or internship you will be offered the opportunity of having a professional mentor. We pair mentees (you) with mentors (professionals) based on industry and personality, ensuring their relationship is worthwhile for both of you.

Your mentor will:

  • Provide bespoke one-to-one support on how to best utilise a new opportunity.
  • Help you navigate difficult situations that can arise in the workplace.
  • Give you support as you transition into a new workplace environment.
  • Ensure you excel professionally and potentially open up their professional networks to you.

If you are interested in getting a professional mentor speak with your Employment Consultant or email rory@driveforwardfoundation.com

Peer Mentoring

Once you’re registered with Drive Forward and we’ve had a chance to get to know each other, you have the opportunity to have a peer mentor. All of our peer mentors are care leavers and have used Drive Forward’s services themselves to help them advance in the world of employment. You and your mentor will arrange your 1-2-1 meeting at your convenience and Drive Forward will fund your snack and coffee breaks. Mentors use their lived experience to help you with things like:

Your mentor will:

  • Transitioning into employment and training e.g. how to best use Drive Forward and how to engage with corporate partners;
  • Improving independent living skills such as budgeting, time keeping and planning your day or week;
  • Navigating the care system and moving into independence. For example, what support are you entitled to and how to get it; where to go if there’s a problem and so on;
  • Discovering possible career routes and interests: Most mentors will have completed work placements with different corporate partners of ours, so they will have insight into what it takes to get a foot in the door and are happy to share their experience with you.

If making new friends and advancing your career at the same time sounds like something you would like to do then get in touch with Nicholl at nicholl@driveforwardfoundation.com. Or ask your Employment Consultant!

Also, peer-mentoring is a fantastic way of giving something back to your community and help other young people navigate through the

 

Drive Forward is a great charity, providing help and support at what is often a crucial turning point in young people’s lives.
Laura
Volunteer

Training & Development

Job application help for care leavers

Getting a job isn’t just about polishing up your CV. It’s also about building confidence through enriching experiences. That’s why we run a number of regular workshops and events.

Interview Prep & Pizza

Get first-hand interview advice from HR and recruitment professionals in this interactive and highly effective session.

For many people, young and old, the interview is the most daunting stage of the application process. But as the saying goes, practice makes perfect! So, in this session you get the chance to practice your interview skills in a series of short mock interviews followed by instant quality feedback. Our volunteers all have professional experience in interviewing candidates for a diverse range of industries and are, therefore, best placed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to impress your future employer.

For more information about Interview Prep & Pizza please get in touch with your Employment consultant or email lucye@driveforwardfoundation.com

Forum Theatre

Our Forum Theatre project allows you to imagine how situations in your life and employment could have gone differently. Actors play out and bring to life scenarios inspired by the experiences of our young people, and then give you the chance to play director and change the way in which the situation goes. Our sessions explore everything from race to gender to mental health and so much more. It includes a scrumptious ‘lunch with the actors’ and travel is,of course,reimbursed.

Find out more about Forum Theatre including dates and timings byspeaking to your Employment consultant, emailing Nicholl at nicholl@driveforwardfoundation.com or call us on 0207 620 3000.

Mindfulness

The classes include elements of the 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course, including resilience to stress and life’s challenges, how to bring awareness to everyday activities like walking, talking or eating, as well as how to cultivate a body or breath-based practice. These practices allow you to learn how to find an internal source of stability and calm, rather than looking for external solutions. It shows you that you can take greater control in maintaining or improving your well-being, both physically and emotionally. The classes include some Hatha Yoga, which is gentle and mindful exercise to bring together the breath, body and attention in one place. This can help you to slow down, to notice how your body feels and release tension and improve how you relate to body image and body acceptance.

Each session is 90 minutes long and most times you can dip in and out of the course as you see fit. If you’re interested in joining mindfulness please get in touch with your Employment Consultant or email megan@driveforwardfoundation.com

Exclusive Career Opportunities

Exclusive career opportunities for care leavers with Drive Forward Partner companies

We’re aware that finding your passion and figuring out what you want in life takes time and we believe that the best way to get there is through experience.

As part of Drive Forward, you have access to a network of over 20 corporate partners across the city. Their businesses range from PR and advertising, to hospitality and construction, to legal and financial services and many more.

Only last year our partners offered 70 exclusive internship and employment opportunities to the young people working with us. 

"Doing an internship at Hill + Knowlton was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had the opportunity to build transferable skills such as working to meet deadlines, working in teams and being able to manage workload, all of these skills will definitely benefit me in my studies. One of my favourite memories was the support I received from my line manager and head of the technology department; they believed in me, encouraged me and were very willing to invest in me, that I will never forget."
Morrilyn
I never thought Drive Forward would get me where I am today, working for the civil service. I had no idea of how I was going to get a job with no experience at all, and that scared me. Luckily Drive Forward has helped me a lot, boosting my confidence and skills and I managed to get a six-week internship in Finance. In such a short time, Drive Forward have managed to give me more than I could have ever asked for!
Linda

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!