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Branching out and setting yourself up to be independent is never easy. That’s why the support network we’re able to offer our young people is all important. It’s a network built on volunteers just like you.


What does being a volunteer look like?

Well first off, being a volunteer doesn’t have to mean being a full-time team member. There’s lots of ways you can get involved and be a positive role model to those under our wing.

Change a life in your lunch hour at our weekly lunch club

Want to make a difference in your lunch hour? Join us for lunch and enable a care leaver to move one step closer to the career of their dreams!

Every Tuesday afternoon, Drive Forward run Lunch Club, our drop-in careers session for young care leavers. We sit down together for a hearty, home-cooked meal, before spending the afternoon searching for jobs, writing online applications, working on CVs, cover letters and preparing for upcoming interviews. Each week, we welcome professional volunteers to come and chat with our young people, share their own careers experience and offer advice and support with their job applications.

If you would like to spend an afternoon with us, then please call 020 7936 3685 or email lucy@driveforwardfoundation.com to find out more.

Aim Higher Day

Just like changing a life in your lunch hour, this is all about spending short bursts of time across a day with our young people, but this time your whole team can get involved.

It’s a great opportunity to sit with a group and go through everything from what you look for in CVs, to how you approach interviews, and what the day-to-day in your office is like. You can even do a ‘Career Carousel’ and give short presentations from teams across the entire business, be it admin or catering.

Feedback from these sessions is always brilliant; both from our volunteers and young people.

Call us on 0207 936 3685 or email ruby@driveforwardfoundation.com to find out more.

Or how about…

If your workplace isn’t suitable for volunteering, or perhaps you fancy doing something more productive with your spare time, here are a couple of ways you can get involved outside of work hours:

Become a mentor

If you’re keen to make a difference to a young person’s progress, then mentoring is a great way to offer some ongoing one-to-one support. It means being there through the ups and downs and making a commitment to that person for at least 6 months, but the benefits for both of you can be huge. All you need to do is:

  • Come in for about 3-4 hours for some mentor training at a time convenient for you
  • Be available for your mentee for up to 4 hours a month – 2 face-to-face and 2 by email or phone
  • Write the odd report now and again to keep us up to date with the progress that’s being made

If that sounds like something you’d like to do, then we’d love to have you on board. Just call us on 0207 936 3685 or email lucy@driveforwardfoundation.com and we’ll happily walk you through what happens next.

Become a trainer

This is where you can put your professional skills to good use and help inspire our young people by running a workshop or training session. We typically need trainers to help with things like:

  • Building employability skills (CVs, job searches)
  • Boosting self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Showcasing the careers our young people wouldn’t get to see elsewhere, let alone have considered possible
  • Learning skills for independent living (finances, healthy living, home care)

We’re also open to new ideas that help our young people achieve their personal and professional goals. If this sounds like you, don’t be shy, contact Rachel Neuer at rachel@driveforwardfoundation.com

What they say


  • “I am so happy and grateful to be supported by Drive Forward; not only did they help me with finding a job that will enable me to open up my own business, but the mentoring and coaching that I received is invaluable.”
    Alem Yowhannes
  • “If I hadn’t joined Drive Forward I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had. It’s not that I didn’t have the ability to succeed but I didn’t have the professional networks. The people you meet in life make the difference and Drive gave me the chance to meet the sorts of people I might not have got to meet otherwise.”
    Zohera Uddin
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