My name is Alex Brinkley and, as it’s my turn for introductions, I’m going to tell you a little about myself and Avolve.
I’m a third year Philosophy student at the University of Exeter and the Events officer for Avolve- a society whose aim is to advocate the welfare of children in care and care leavers. I first joined after Katie, our President, made me aware of the social issues facing children in care. Since then, having heard several more personal stories about life as a child in care, my concern and resolve to lend what help I can to the cause has only strengthened.
If you’ve been able to see some other posts from Avolve, then no doubt you are (or will be) awash with startling statistics about the young lives of those in care. So I won’t reel off a great number of them here. But here’s perhaps something that will, I hope, get your attention: a person leaving care at age 18 is, on average, 60 times more likely to be homeless more likely to be homeless than the typical 18 year old. Here’s another: there are currently 70,000+ children in care throughout England and Wales, only 15% of which achieved 5 A*-C grade GCSE's in 2014, compared to the national average of 55%.
So from this, it seems pretty clear that some action is needed. And the onus is perhaps greater than any on those able to do something at the University of Exeter, since these figures only seem to get uglier in Devon: rather than 15%, only 6% of looked after children achieved 5 A*-C GCSE grades.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post- I hope I’ve managed to make at least some impression on you today. If I have, please don’t hesitate to contact the society. We’d be only too happy to get you involved!