Distilled Partners with London Charity to Help Young Care Leavers

We’ve joined forces with Drive Forward Foundation, in a charity partnership that aims to get more care leavers into full time employment in London.

Drive Forward Foundation is a small London based charity that works to help 16-26 year old care leavers succeed professionally, so they can achieve the independence and self-worth associated with meaningful, sustainable employment.

Distilled has been working on initiatives to diversify its workforce for some time now, including proactive solutions to expand its hiring pipeline. This partnership is one step in finding meaningful ways to find and nurture new talent, as well as doing our bit to shake up an industry that’s widely reported to lack gender, race and class representation here in the UK.

I’ve always felt passionate about people and diversity and that’s one of the things that drew me to Distilled - it’s a company that understands the value of bringing different types of people together and it cares about its employees.  While we’ve still got a way to go to completely diversify our workforce, I’m excited that this partnership is a big step in the right direction.

I was particularly drawn to the Drive Forward Foundation as I’ve spent a decent chunk of my career in the charity sector. I’m not from your typical background and am eternally grateful for opportunities that got me to where I am today. Not everyone gets those opportunities though so I’m keen to pay it forward.

Lucy Elamad is Drive Forward Foundation’s Head of Corporate Partnerships. She says: “My job at Drive Forward is all about building relationships. Partnering with Distilled has created an opportunity for our young people to tackle the issues that many of our care leavers face including a lack of digital skills and experience, as well as issues around confidence and aspiration. Introducing our young people to SEO, a modern office environment and an opportunity to progress amidst people that believe in them is a lot to ask from a corporate partner and we’re immensely grateful to have partners like Distilled on board.”

If you want to learn more about Drive Forward, Lucy will be hosting a stand at Searchlove London on October 14 and 15 as part of our partnership. If you’re attending, be sure to stop by and say hi. If you can’t make it, take a look at their website driveforwardfoundation.org

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