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Jade Ward (She/Her) Advice and Support Officer, Further and Higher Education Jade.Ward@BecomeCharity.org.uk

What do you do at Become? 

I am the Advice and Support officer for Further and Higher Education. I provide information and advice by phone and email to young people in care, care leavers and professionals around any issues to do with Further and Higher Education. I also support young people directly with completing applications and personal statements for courses. 

Can you say a bit about your past experiences and qualifications? 

I have worked with young people in care and leaving care for 15 years in a variety of roles across  aimed at supporting young people's transitions from care to independence. in 2015 I graduated my undergraduate degree in Children, Young People and Families. Following my graduation, I worked at the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York as Participation in Research Coordinator working across several Department for Education Innovation Evaluations. In 2020 I completed my master's degree in Developmental Psychology looking at the development of adolescents into adulthood with a focus on young people in care. 

What do you like about working at Become? 

Become has a great team of passionate people who all want the best outcomes for the young people we work with. It is really inspiring to work with such passionate colleagues. 

What drives you?

Empathy, seeing young people achieve and kindness. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? 

I love to see live music at music festivals and smaller local gigs, I enjoy walking and occasionally getting lost and spending time at home with my animals and a good book.