What we've been up to this month:

We had an engaging, constructive and practical meeting with Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. Our ambassadors shared their first-person accounts and experiences of traversing through the care system, and the obstacles they had to overcome. This collaboration was a chance for us to put care-experienced voices in the forefront to create the dialogue and push forward for a positive transformation of the care system.

Following the meeting, Jordan Morgan, committed Trustee of Drive Forward, said:

"If you have never been through the care system, and survived, you will never understand what it is like. In our first meeting with Nadeem Zahawi, Minister for Children and Families, we invited him into our lives, to listen, to learn and hear about our individual and collective experiences of care.

"He was engaged throughout the time we spent together and is committed to sharing our journey as the Policy Forum pushes for radical and sustainable change to the culture, ethos, legislation and policies to fix the failing care system in England and Wales."
 
Our Drive Forward policy forum travelled to Scotland to collaborate with pioneering care leavers’ advocacy organisation Who Cares? Scotland, Scottish Children’s Commissioner, Bruce Adamson, MSP Alex Cole Hamilton and Shelter Scotland.  Our young people shared their own stories of care and life after care, and gained valuable insights of the system from our Scottish counterparts.

Of this our head of Mentoring, Rory Morgan, wrote a compelling and thought-provoking piece, ‘Two Countries, One Broken System’ outlining the stark parallels between the gaps in the English care system and further afield in Scotland, and how we can implement changes together. Read it here.

This month, alongside our excellent CV workshops and employability help that you can usually find at our lunch clubs, we have also had the opportunity to collaborate with two universities for educational-themed lunch clubs. Kings College London hosted a group of young people for lunch, whilst providing them with everything they need to know to write a successful Personal Statement and gain their place at university.

Also, the University for the Creative Arts came to our offices to deliver an interactive, engaging workshop about routes to getting into the fashion, illustration and creative industry, including an interactive workshop on how to make your own T-shirt prints!