University stages event for children from care backgrounds

The University of Wolverhampton staged an event for children and their families recently – inviting them to watch the ‘Wizard of Oz’ performed by local touring company, Working Theatre.

79 year seven pupils from the University’s Aspire2Uni programme, along with their families, also met the student Mentors who will be working with them next year. 

The Aspire2Uni scheme is designed to encourage more looked after children into higher education. Spearheaded by the University’s Access and Outreach department, the programme aims to raise the educational aspirations of children from care backgrounds by engaging with carers, educators and young people.

It focuses on those in Year 7 and 8 at school, with a view to supporting them right through to year 13, university and beyond through a range of activities, mentoring, tutoring and enrichment experiences.

Natalie Latham, Project Manager and Outreach Co-ordinator, said: “The event was a great success, with mince pies, Christmas carols, a wonderful performance of the Wizard of Oz and staff and visitors alike were in the festive spirit.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for all of the family to visit the University together and have a fun, informal evening whilst meeting their potential Mentors and hopefully feeling more involved with the programme and the University in general.”

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Date Issued: 22nd December 2016

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