Who we are
Building on our successful work with young people, and to mark our 70th anniversary, we have founded Dorset Chamber Life Skills, raising funds to provide life skills and employability support to young people in care and care leavers, aged 13 to 25 years. Our partners, Dorset Community Foundation, provide governance alongside receiving and distributing the funds raised.
Children and young people are taken into the care of a local authority for a variety of reasons. There are currently over 72,000 children and young people in care in England and this number is increasing. Once in care, they can reside with foster parents, live in supported lodgings or sometimes be placed in a residential unit. This can sometimes be a long distance from their home, creating an upheaval in education, personal security and wellbeing. The addition of the challenges of teenage years teenage can also detract them from the ability to focus on careers and their future employability at a time when the secondary education system traditionally offers this support. Source Department for Education.
Statistics show that young people in care and care leavers are often disadvantaged and their life chances are significantly worse than for young people in general.
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How we’re doing this:
We are raising funds to provide life skills and employability support to improve the life chances of young people in care and care leavers.
How you can help
To date, the business community has over £4,000 to this important project that can really make a difference to the lives of young people in and leaving care.
Donate to us
You could make a donation to the Dorset Chamber Life Skills fund. All contributions by a business are tax deductible.
Offer work experiance
You could create a work experiance placement to give valuable experiance to a young person, helping build their confidence.
Be a business mentor
You could be a volunteer business mentor, helping build the confidence and employability skills of a young person in or leaving care. We will pay for your safeguaring training.
Donate course places
If you are a commercial training organisation, you could donate places on your training courses that would be of value to a young person in or leaving care.