We enable looked after children and young care leavers in the borough of Barnet to unleash their individual talents and passions by providing access to hobbies, training and learning opportunities, sports and leisure activities.
We are passionate about helping every looked after child and care leaver in the borough of Barnet feel valued and supported as they move towards becoming independent adults.
We offer Driving Ahead, a package of 30 hours of driving lessons and driving test for young care leavers up to the age of 25, provided in partnership with the AA.
Our other scheme, the Imagination Trust, is currently on hold while we develop and improve it to make it even more empowering for the young people that we serve.
We believe that all children who spend time in Barnet’s care should have equal chances to lead happy and fulfilling lives. “At the heart of everything we do is a vision that every looked after child and young care leaver should have the same chances in life as a child living with their birth family,” John Hooton, Chair
Like many small charities, we saw a huge increase in demand for our services during Covid-19. We responded quickly to the needs of vulnerable and isolated care leavers in the borough when the pandemic broke out, by launching our Give A Dongle campaign to provide wifi for those self-isolating entirely alone and without access to the internet.
During lockdown we provided 64 wifi dongles and sims, 32 tablets, 4 laptops and 3 smart phones for digitally excluded care leavers. The feedback we received from the young people was fantastic, with young people telling us they were able to break their isolation and make contact with friends, engage with college work, search for work and gain employment
“You light up my life during this Covid-19 lockdown. Thank you so much for the tablet and internet sim. Now I can contact my uncle and friends,” Assad Jan
“I am really grateful for the tablet and internet Sim. Now I can contact my friends, check Facebook and look for new courses during this Covid-19 lockdown. Thank you all!” Adil Ahmed
“We’re so grateful to you and your team for providing the right thing at the right time. These young people have been so isolated. You have unburdened us, thank you.” Muzibul Alam (personal adviser)
While the immediate needs created by the lockdown may be over, the legacy of mental health issues left behind for this particularly vulnerable group are emerging at a worrying rate.
We are working hard to develop our schemes to reflect the additional support our young people need in this new world, but we can’t do this without donations.
Please visit our donation pages to see what you can do to help make a difference to the lives of these hugely disadvantaged young people.