1 . You’ll be helping to create a space for another estranged or care experienced young person at university
By 2018/19, only 13% of pupils who had been looked after continuously for 12 months or more by age 19 progressed into higher education, compared to 43% of other pupils. Some young people who have been in care or are estranged from their families are simply told not to bother. It can be better than this, can’t it?
2 . You’ll be helping more people to understand what it means to be care experienced or estranged
By spreading the word about the campaign and getting your friends, families and organisations involved you’ll be helping to make more people aware of young people who come from similar backgrounds to us. This might help other young people feel less alone and spreading awareness of opportunities like the Unite Foundation scholarship could encourage someone to explore a path in life that they might have thought wasn’t an option.
3 . You’ll be supporting our student community
This is Us is the Unite Foundation student community. We want to grow this community to:
- Share experiences and create a sense of belonging
- Address stigma and misrepresentation of estranged and care experienced young people
- Champion individuality
- Enable care experienced and estranged students to take ownership of their own narrative
- Enable us all to come together and fight for what’s right for all estranged and care experienced young people on their journey to and through Higher Education
4 . It will only cost you £2
That’s less than a posh coffee.
5 . It will be fun!
A lockdown-friendly, fun night in with your favourite film sequel, you can take some me-time or watch with friends or family – online if you can’t all get together, it’s easy to set up a watch party on Discord or Zoom.
Visit our campaign page to find out more, find a film or make a donation online. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and support our campaign activity – tag us @thisisusatuni #AllThingsSEqual in your own posts to let us know you’re taking part.
You can also text EQUAL to 70450 to donate £2. Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message.