Last night I was very lucky to be invited to the Greater Manchester Care Leavers Awards at the University of Salford. It was a great event, with over 80 young care leavers nominated in 11 categories. All the nominees were inspirational in what they have already achieved, despite the difficulties they have faced in their personal lives. There was great entertainment too, from dancers, singers, beat-boxers and rappers. I really enjoyed the Awards and would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make it a success.
Despite this, many care leavers sadly do not go on to achieve their full potential for many reasons, such as a lack of support, or because of the stigma they face in society. I like to think that we offer good support here at The University of Manchester, however I know that more could be done, and I am going to look into further ways we can support our students who are also care leavers.
It was mentioned at the Awards ceremony last night that only 7% of care leavers go to university, whereas the national average is 40%. So not only do we need to do more at to support care leavers who are currently at university, we need to reach out to younger care leavers in the community to help them get in to university.
If you want to find out more about care leavers, or are a care leaver yourself and would like more support, the following links may be useful:
You can also contact the Student Support Advisor to arrange an appointment:
0161 275 3781/3033
or visit The Atrium, 1st Floor, University Place