College set to Celebrate Care Day at the Hub for SUCCESS

We’ll be joining partners from Edinburgh’s Hub for SUCCESS this Friday (21 February) for a day of celebration to mark Care Day 2020.

The Hub for Success is hosting a drop-in session on Friday to showcase its work helping students into and through further and higher education.

On Friday, from 11am-1pm, the HUB is opening its doors to those with care experience, their supporters and project partners to highlight its success in helping people get into, stay in and return to education.

We’re proud to be a part of the Hub for SUCCESS which launched in late 2018 to try to counter the trend of care experienced young people leaving school at the minimum age, and only a very low proportion going directly from school to higher education.

The HUB provides individual information and advice on education opportunities, study pathways, accommodation and finance, both on a drop-in basis and by making home/campus visits.

In 2019, only 28 people who were looked after young people across the whole of Scotland went from school to higher education, but, since its launch, the HUB has provided one-to-one support to more than 140 people as part of a drive to improve the picture.

The College is one of the HUB’s core partners alongside Edinburgh Napier University, University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, the Open University in Scotland, Newbattle Abbey College and City of Edinburgh Council.

Edinburgh College Operational Corporate Parent lead Catherine McCormack said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating Care Day with our partners, care experienced learners and anybody else who is interested in finding out more about the work we’re doing as part of the Hub for SUCCESS.

At Edinburgh College we’re a very proud corporate parent and are committed to giving our care experienced students the best possible opportunity to succeed.”

The HUB’s Manager Lorraine Moore said: “On Care Day 2020, everyone is welcome to drop in and hear about our amazing care experienced community.

“Whether you are care experienced or someone who is interested in finding out more, we want to bring together learners, partners and collaborators to share what is on offer.

“It will be a celebratory event which promotes networking and positive conversations underlining the message that there has never been a better time to study if you are care experienced.”

Who Cares? Scotland, Barnardo’s, Skills Development Scotland and Action for Children are among the organisations taking part in the Care Day drop-in event.

The event is taking place on Friday 21 February from 10am – 1pm at The Hub for SUCCESS, 249 High Street, Edinburgh.

Were you in care? Adopted, foster care, kinship care, looked after at home (with a social worker) or in residential care – think you may be care experienced – get in touch to find out more