young people

Spring Budget 2024: A Missed Opportunity?

“In today’s Spring Budget, we urge investing in vulnerable care-experienced youth, ensuring they have the opportunities they deserve. With nearly 40% facing unemployment, training, or education barriers, it’s clear more needs to be done. Join us as we advocate for their empowerment and support, striving to create positive change in their lives through targeted campaigns and initiatives

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Drive Stories: Thomas

From feeling lost to achieving his dream: Thomas’ story of overcoming job search challenges with Drive Forward’s support.

In this excerpt, Thomas shares his experience of overcoming job search challenges and achieving his career goals with the help of Drive Forward. He details his struggles with independent job searching, the confidence boost he received from his Careers Specialist, and the valuable skills he learned that led him to a successful job offer. Thomas’ story is an inspiration to anyone facing difficulties in their job search.

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Sir Max Hill KCB KC listening to care-experienced young peoples' opinions in Parliament

Drive Forward Foundation Welcomes Sir Max Hill KCB KC as New Chair of Trustees 

Drive Forward Foundation, the leading charity supporting care-experienced young people in securing employment and achieving financial independence, is delighted to announce the appointment of distinguished barrister Sir Max Hill KCB KC as its new Chair of Trustees.

Sir Max brings an exceptional wealth of experience and passion to Drive Forward Foundation, having dedicated his career to championing justice and advocating for vulnerable individuals. His outstanding legal acumen, leadership skills, and unwavering commitment to youth empowerment make him an ideal leader for Drive Forward.

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Shaping the Agenda: 2023 in Review

It has been a jam-packed start to my life at Drive Forward. Having joined the team in the summer of 2023, it has been a massive learning experience. I’ve had only one option – to get stuck straight into the world of policy campaigning and advocacy. In this blog, I’d like to highlight some of the main achievements Drive Forward’s Policy Forum has had this year and reflect on what it means for us going into 2024.

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Dare To Care: Ending unnecessary Criminalisation

Over the last couple of years, the Drive Forward’s Care-Experienced Policy Forum has been working to change this situation. Through the work of the Forum, the need to reduce the unnecessary criminalisation of children and young adults with care-experience has been recognised by decision-makers in the criminal justice system.  This has been reflected in the development and implementation of nationwide protocols, including the London protocol, which was co-produced with members of our Policy Forum.    

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From Care to Career – Shabnam & Wunderman Thompson

“I was in Care due to family problems and was taken into care by my local authority. Everyone’s experience of being in care is so different – if I could summarise it to you in one sentence it’s sometimes a safe haven for some young people who go into a home and share the space with a loving caring family or it can be the most traumatic experience having to share a house with 12 to 20 or sometimes even more young people who are going through their hardest stage of life – where pain, anger, lost, abandonment feelings are visibly everywhere. Every care experienced young persons experience is different therefore it’s hard to describe what’s it like being in care.”

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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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