National Care Leavers' Week 2014

Student lectureThis year National Care Leavers’ Week is taking place from Friday 24 October to Thursday 30 October. Throughout the week we will be highlighting and promoting the support that the University provides for local young people from care backgrounds and for our care experienced students within the University of Sheffield.

National Care Leavers’ Week is a great opportunity to highlight the needs of Care Leavers, and encourage the agencies responsible for looking after this group to work in a coordinated and effective way. The week is also about raising public awareness of an invisible minority who face a particular set of challenges as they enter adult life.

Each day we will be tweeting links to specific webpages to give details of the support that we offer and providing information and guidance for all staff and students.

You can follow our tweets and take the opportunity to find out a little bit more about this group of students and young people and find out ways in which you might also be able to support or get involved in the great work that is taking place in the University.

Please also feel free to tweet us with your thoughts and comments via @SSiDSheffield and you can keep updated with more National Care Leaver activity throughout the country via the following hashtags: #NCLW and #careleaver.

For more information about Care Leavers week, or to speak to a designated member of staff please feel free to email care@sheffield.ac.uk.

For more information, visit the National Care Leavers' Week and Care Leavers' Foundation websites. You can find out about our LAC Champions on the LAC Champions webpages.

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The following article was published in the Sheffield Star newspaper on 18 October 2014.

Photo for Care Leaver news storyLuqman Samiruddin almost didn’t make it to university.

Coming from a background of foster care, he faced numerous challenges along the way including failing his A-levels.

But after taking a BTEC course and entering a foundation year he finally found his place in the University of Sheffield.

Now as part of National Care Leavers’ Week (October 24-30), Luqman, aged 23, is telling his story in a bid to inspire other young people in care and break stereotypes.

The event celebrates the needs of young care leavers and encourages support for them as they enter adult life.

Luqman, who is currently on a year abroad in America as part of his Civil and Structural Engineering degree at the university, said there had been many challenges in gaining access to higher education but stressed to other young people in care the importance of it.

"I would tell other children who are in the same position that I was once, that education is the key."

“As well as a first class education, the university has a variety societies, which allowed me to participate in great events and meet many people,” said Luqman.

“I want to invest in my future through education and also break stereotypes by overcoming prejudices of care leavers.”

The university has been commended for its work in supporting young people such as Luqman, receiving the Quality Mark from Buttle UK, a charity which supports children and young people in care.

It is a mark of excellence recognising and celebrating work institutions that raise aspirations among young people in care.