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12/10/2017Propel update

The most comprehensive source for care leavers

Become is delighted to announce that Propel now features information from 94% of universities and 63% of colleges providing HE. Propel is the most comprehensive it has ever been.

Propel provides care leavers with information on the support available to them from colleges and universities offering HE courses across the UK. Thanks to the generous support of the Scottish Funding Council, the coverage now extends to all further education colleges in Scotland. Young people - and the carers and professionals supporting them - can access information about each institution’s pastoral and financial provision, as well as inspirational stories from care-experienced students, guidance on rights, entitlements and where to look for further help and information.

Evaluation confirms Propel is working

The Propel website has received over 25,000 visitors since its launch in autumn 2015. An independent evaluation, carried out by the University of Northampton, found that many social care professionals use Propel with young people on a daily basis. Over 200 site users responded to a survey and young people, carers and professionals were also interviewed. Overall, the research confirmed that Propel is working. Not only is it providing information, it is also giving young people more confidence to overcome concerns and apply. Researchers found that “most interviewees (professionals, carers and young people) framed Propel as a tool not only for raising awareness of HE support for care-experienced young people, but also for challenging dominant messages of low expectation and low achievement.”

Care-experienced young people who had used Propel said:

  • “I have decided to apply for university thanks to the information I have read on the website.”
  • “Propel gave me a named contact of someone that had a wealth of information that just made the prospect of getting into and going to uni possible.”

Recommendations included improved navigation and more updates on Propel, which we are now working to implement. Users also felt that Propel needed to be more widely known. This is where you can help!

Help us to help more young people

We need to make sure that every care-experienced young person knows that Propel is there to support them with their journey into education. We have hard copy Propel posters and flyers available (electronic versions can be downloaded here and here. If you could distribute/display these somewhere where they are likely to be seen by young people or the professionals who work with them, please send an email to my colleague Ruth Goldsmith (ruth.goldsmith@becomecharity.org.uk), letting her know your postal address and how many flyers/posters you would like.

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