Foster carers throughout Kent and Medway are being invited to a free workshop series designed to help them understand more about Higher Education.

The Opening Doors workshops, which are being organised by the Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF), in partnership with the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University for the Creative Arts and the University of Greenwich, cover a range of topics – from decision-making to applying to university and student finance.

Having started in January, the second session is being held on Monday, March 28 from 10.00 – 11.30 am and is being delivered by the University of Kent.

This workshop will focus on University Life for Care Experienced Students and will enable carers to:

  • Learn about the support available at university
  • Hear from care-experienced students about university life
  • Understand who the key university contacts are for care experienced students, and meet some of them in the session

Jayme Stevens Interim Head of School and College Engagement at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), said, “Improving progression into higher education for care leavers is an ambition shared across all university members of the KMPF partnership.

“We feel that working with foster carers is essential to this aim and so we are delighted to be part of the development and delivery of the Opening Doors programme.

“The first workshop was well attended, and it was great to meet the dedicated team of foster carers, listen to their comments and experiences and understand more about how we can support the ambitions of their young people.”

The third and final workshop of the 3-part series is being held on Wednesday, June 15, 10.00 – 11.30 am, and will cover Insights into Applying for University and Student Finance.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact

Lucy King

23 Feb 2022

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