Drive Forward Foundation supports young care leavers to take charge of their futures and achieve their career goals.
A childhood spent in care can have a devastating effect on a young person's life chances. Educational attainment, levels of health and wellbeing, and employment prospects are all significantly lower than for the general population, while instances of homelessness, criminal behaviour and teenage pregnancy are considerably higher. By providing tailored one-to-one support, employability training and work placements with top employers, Drive Forward empowers young care leavers to overcome these barriers and move into sustainable employment.
The Berkeley Foundation has been working with Drive Forward since the start of 2016. With our funding, Drive Forward have been able to launch a mentoring programme which provides young people with the support of a professional mentor. We have also worked closely with Drive Forward on the Job Creation Programme, in order to find opportunities for young care leavers to build a career in the construction industry.