A ground-breaking three-year project to develop a bespoke, paid training and mentorship programme for care-experienced young adults has been launched, with funding from Oak Foundation.

This unique programme will equip care-experienced young adults from Hackney, Islington and Lambeth, with the skills to devise and deliver workshops at the Museum for groups, particularly children in foster care and children’s homes. Tracing Our Tales will provide paid employment and valuable life skills, including public speaking, critical and creative thinking, and people management, as well as skills in art and creative expression. At the same time, the trainees and the workshops they lead will inspire looked-after children facing similar life challenges.

It is anticipated that as the project develops, children who have attended workshops as participants will elect to join the training programme, and that through their association with the Foundling Museum, their engagement with creativity, art and museums will blossom. Evaluation of Tracing Our Tales is being led by Professor Claire Cameron at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education.

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