What We Do

 

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

CAMPAIGNS

Our 2020 Give a Dongle campaign provided 33 dongles, 29 mini WiFis, 21 media tablets, 24 sims and two smartphones to isolated care leavers living alone, with no home WiFi and limited data on the phones, helping to connect them to the outside world in lockdown 1.0

Our most recent Christmas Appeal raised enough to buy 250 £25 gift vouchers for the borough’s most vulnerable and lonely care leavers, giving them a Christmas to remember for all the right reasons

IMAGINATION TRUST

We’ve provided items for 263 looked after children and young care leavers, enabling them to access enrichment activity and training opportunities, such as cricket whites and musical instruments, equipment for apprenticeships and gym fees.

DRIVING AHEAD

Our package of 30 hours of driving lessons and the driving test for care leavers, delivered in partnership with the AA, has seen three young people passing first time and is currently supporting nine learner drivers