We're proud to announce that our work supporting young women care leavers into sustainable employment has been awarded a High Commendation at the Third Sector Awards 2017 - the charity sector's biggest awards ceremony.
Our work was awarded this High Commendation in the Breakthrough of the Year category - which recognises charities who have been successful in trying something new or different. We were nominated alongside big-name charities such as Amnesty International and WWF-UK - which gives an indication of the impact that the small but mighty Working Chance is having.
We decided to begin working with young women leaving care for the first time in 2015, in response to the care-to-prison pipeline.
Less than 1% of all children in England are in care, yet an astonishing 1 in 3 women in prison have spent time in care - which rises to two-thirds of girls aged 15-18 in custody. Young women leaving care are at a much higher than average risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system - often due to a lack of proper support during the transition to adulthood and independence
Working Chance decided to take a preventative approach to this problem and begin supporting young women care leavers into careers in which they can thrive - providing them with an income, stability and opportunity.
To date, we've successfully placed over 50 young women care leavers into great jobs with mainstream employers.
Congratulations to our talented team for making this pilot a success - and to all the young women who have made us so proud.
If you're a woman aged 18 to 25 who has ever spent time in care, click here to find out how we can help you find a job and build a career.
If you're an employer who is looking for skilled and enthusiastic young people to fill apprenticeships or jobs, click here.