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Lewisham College is proud to join this year’s Care Leavers’ Week, which takes place from 26 October to 1 November to celebrate the successes of care leavers from across the UK, and to inspire them to achieve their full potential.

Asfa Sohail, Principal at Lewisham College, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating Care Leavers’ Week. It is important to reiterate our commitment to providing a fair, diverse and inclusive environment for all students, regardless of their circumstances.

“We are proud to be in collaboration with the Care Leaver Covenant who are doing amazing work and we are striving to support our care-experienced students in achieving their full potential.”

Laura Pearson, Covenant Progression Coordinator at Lewisham College, said: “I am excited to be part of Lewisham College’s Student Services team and to collaborate with the Care Leaver Covenant to help young people leaving care plan their next step after College.

“I am care-experienced myself, so I’m in an ideal position to understand and support our students to make sure they can make the most of the opportunities available to them and feel supported whether they are progressing into work or higher education.”

This role is key in supporting care leavers students at the College and helps more than 150 care-experienced Lewisham College students. From providing information about the Covenant’s opportunities to signposting individuals to the most relevant support service and helping students with university and work placement interviews.

Lewisham College is committed to nurturing and sustaining a positive future for all care experienced students, through an exceptional learning journey. For more information, see the Statement of offer to care experienced students.

The College also offers a bursary to young people in or leaving care. To find out more about the support available at College, care-experienced students can get in touch with the College Covenant Progression Coordinator by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us or visit www.mycovenant.org.uk.

During Care Leavers Week the Covenant will be providing a series of online workshops covering diversity and inclusion topics, including ‘The Empathy Summit’ which will take place on Thursday 29 October. For more information and to register for the event, visit mycovenant.org.uk/empathy-summit-event/.

Students who are care leavers are encouraged to download the Covenant’s Connects app which has useful offers provided by organisations, charities and businesses that exclusive to care leavers, and are intended to help you start your career, stay healthy and make new friends.

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Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

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This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/