We are proud to pledge £25,000 in our parnership with Become.
Help Become provide advice, coaching and support to 130 children in care and young care leavers in the UK.
In partnership with the London College of Beauty Therapy in 2022, we will help support beauty training and professional beauty career paths for care experienced young people.
Our founder Kate’s lifelong journey is one of defying expectations, never giving up, and never accepting impossible. Having grown up in a family of addiction, she knows first-hand the adversity and chaos it creates in a person’s life, how it can break up families, and deeply affect young adults trying to find their way in the world. In college, Kate found a mentor who offered her unconditional support and empowered her to believe in herself and her dreams. Kate understands the power of having a helping hand and is committed to supporting care leavers as they age out of the system, providing advice, coaching, and support to help make their dreams possible.
Pip Uden was 12 when her mum died and she and her younger brother were taken into the care of extended relatives, in an arrangement often known as kinship care. Not long after, her father passed away.
Despite the challenges, Pip excelled at her exams at school and college before going on to achieve a first-class degree in English and Drama at the University of Exeter. It was at university that Pip became an advocate for care-experienced students. Pip’s commitment to justice led her to win several awards from the organisation social mobility charity ‘upReach’ and join the Board of Trustees at Become. More recently, Pip has accepted a place in Unilever’s Future Leaders Programme.
Pip is thrilled that Become are partnering with Kate Somerville in engaging and supporting care-experienced young people to pursue and achieve their dreams. She knows first-hand that systemic issues can disadvantage care-experienced young people, when they have just as much as potential as anyone else. Pip is hopeful that more care-experienced young people will feel seen, heard and supported through this partnership.
Become is here to make a difference to individual lives right now, and the care system for future generations. Since 1992 we’ve been working to improve the everyday lives and future life chances of youth in care and young care leavers.