“Hey, this is Lynn Destiny on your mics from East London radio about to play Salt and Pepper Push Iiiit”, Lynn would speak into the microphone in front of her before playing the artist’s Hip Hop track. During the final two weeks of January, Drive Forward’s training room was transformed into a recording studio where our young people explored Hip Hop music in depth. Continue reading “Your Voice, Your Music” »
“Davos has provided Drive Forward with access to a variety of companies, which then lead to fruitful relationships.” (Martha Wansbrough, CEO of Drive Forward Foundation)
For more than 30 years, the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has been a significant networking opportunity for leaders around the globe. With a vision of improving the state of the world, the unique ‘Spirit of Davos’ refers to mutual collaboration and collegiality amongst all participants. As an international organisation, the World Economic Forum in Davos brings together figures from government and politics, business and civil society, to shape global agendas and influence change. Continue reading “Drive Forward at the World Economic Forum in Davos” »
Companies of all shapes and sizes joined us for a breakfast seminar on apprenticeships last week. With the Apprenticeship Levy on the horizon, and the potential for a huge increase in work-based learning opportunities, we thought it was a great time to speak to companies about the world of apprenticeships and their own talent strategy. Continue reading “Care leavers and apprenticeships event” »
We help care leavers to achieve their career goals. This year we will work with around 300 young people and are looking to double that number over the next couple of years. This means we need more space.
How can you make sure your apprenticeships reach those young people who them most? How can a more diverse workforce improve productivity and employee motivation? Ahead of the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy (April 2017) we would like to invite you to a breakfast briefing which will answer these, and many other questions about the world of apprenticeships. Continue reading “Apprenticeships breakfast seminar – 24 November” »
The auditorium at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton fell silent on Friday evening as twelve young care leavers took to the stage to perform a play which depicted their struggles leaving the care system. Continue reading “NCLW16: Care leavers perform to a packed house” »
Two of our young people took to the stage at a conference in Eastbourne this weekend and spoke passionately about how Drive Forward has supported them.
Care leavers Jordan and Roopa told members of Rotary in London about their experiences of the one-to-one support that is helping them to achieve their career goals.
A play performed by some of the young care leavers we work with, which depicts their struggles leaving the care system, will open at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton on Friday October 28 at 7.30pm. Continue reading “Dear Care, I’m Leaving…” »
Mentoring has become something of a panacea for anyone wanting to get ahead in the job stakes. If you’re seeking promotion, a mentor can help. Looking at a career change? You need a mentor.
The Government is in on the act too. Earlier this year the former Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled a new business mentor scheme for young people at risk of failing to achieve their GCSE potential. Even the recently announced care leaver’s covenant has promised every care leaver will be allocated a mentor. Continue reading “Launch of our new mentoring scheme” »
In October 2015 the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced to the House of Commons that he and the Secretary of State for Education had commissioned the former Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Sir Martin Narey to conduct an independent review of children’s residential care. The purpose of the review being to ensure every possible step could be taken to ensure looked-after children get the best start in life.
This week saw the publication of Sir Martin’s review, which you can read in full here. Having digested the report, we have picked out three key points which are particularly important to us in our work with young people leaving care. Continue reading “In the news: our reaction to Sir Martin Narey’s report into children’s residential care” »