Case study: Become

The number of children in the care of the state is higher now than at any point since 1985 which is putting a huge strain on an already overstretched care system. For many children in care, childhood and adolescence are characterised by instability, low self-esteem, educational under-achievement and a lack of fulfilment.

This is one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Less than 1% of children are in care, yet almost a quarter of the adult prison population, almost half of young men under 21-years-old in the criminal justice system and 25% of homeless people have spent time in care. Only 6% of care leavers move into higher education.

Over the past 20 years Become has established a strong track record of supporting children in care and care leavers. They offer valuable life skills training, one to one advice, practical information and publish a quarterly magazine which reaches half of those in the English care system. We would like to see the reach of Become extended so that they can helps as many children and young people to unleash their potential and take control of their lives.

In October 2017, the Swire Charitable Trust provided an unrestricted grant of £30,000 to support the delivery of Become’s various programmes.

Category:Community & Social Welfare
Amount awarded:£30,000
Date awarded:October 2017
Region:Nationwide
Length of Award:12 Months