Partnership working helps young people experience university life
Fostering Achievement, the Government-funded educational scheme run by the Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, has linked up with the University of Ulster to provide young people in foster care an exclusive insight into life at university.
The joint project is part of the wider work of Fostering Achievement. They also provide money for a wide range of educational materials, equipment and tutoring for fostered children, and run a series of programmes to help fostered children with early years learning and GCSE studies.
During the scheme young people will participate in workshops ranging from student finance and careers, complete a five credit university module, and participate in team sports. They will also stay in the halls of residence and be responsible for their own budgeting, cooking and cleaning.
Margaret Kelly, director of the Fostering Network Northern Ireland, said, “This opportunity is something that not many get to experience and it will give young people an insight into what can await them if they work hard at school and college.
“We are delighted that the University of Ulster is taking such a keen interest in working with young people in foster care to give them the chances that they deserve.”
Find out more about the work of Fostering Achievement by visiting their website.