Live Unlimited is a small charity set up to help Barnet’s children in care and care leavers. We do this by providing schemes to reduce social isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing, teach new skills, boost employability, confidence, self-belief and help care leavers to find jobs they enjoy and lead happier, independent lives.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1176418)
Emma says: "Being able to drive has changed my life for the better, given me more freedom and the power to develop my own business."
Jennifer says: "Aspire Higher was very encouraging, as speakers not only shared how they got into their given field, but also their personal journeys on the way. It's helped me understand my potential and in getting me more excited for my own future as well as the next Aspire Higher event!"
“Outdoor Club gives T the opportunity to be with other foster children which he doesn’t have at school. No one he knows has experienced trauma. With age he's becoming more aware about being different and he’s benefitting from being with other children who’ve been through similar experiences."
Children who have spent time in care are hugely vulnerable, with over half having a diagnosable mental health disorder. Covid has exacerbated their mental ill health further, reduced student learning and increased social isolation. With low self worth and limited friendship groups, opportunities are few and far between. Access to employment, training and education has worsened during the pandemic and many young care experienced people are feeling lost and alone with no hope for the future.
We want to help care experienced people feel more hopeful for the future. We'll do this by helping them learn to drive which can be a real game changer for boosting self-esteem and finding a job. For the younger ones, we'll take them on activity groups to get them outside, learning new skills and making friends. We'll also give the older children and young people a chance to connect with people in a range of different jobs and industries which they wouldn't normally get to meet.
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