Last week, we welcomed CBRE colleagues, Action for Children, foster children and carers to Henrietta House to take part in a unique workshop. The aim was to work together to create a new digital toolkit for young people entering the care system and their foster families. The toolkit will include a web app which will provide a wide range of practical information and tools which will make a vital difference to young people in care and their foster parents. As this was the first time most of the young people had visited London, we also donated £1000 to enable them to enjoy a day out with their foster carers, ahead of the digital workshop.
This project is a significant part of our Action for Children partnership. Thanks to the funds raised by our UK team, we will be able to provide vital information and advice in an accessible digital format for the very first time. At the heart of the workshop was the testing of a new digital prototype for the toolkit developed by CBRE's D&T team.
Sherry Ho, Product Manager from Action for Children said; "It was amazing to see the young people's first engagement of the prototype, it gave us a valuable insight into their expectations."
At the end of the workshop, Connor, age 19, bravely shared his experiences of being in foster care and highlighted just how crucial Action for Children's support is, and how beneficial the new digital product will be to young people coming into foster care.
Shannon, Jack and Corey from CBRE's Apprentice and Graduate schemes also shared their own experiences, including their backgrounds and their journey into CBRE. "There's a stigma around apprenticeships only being for young people under the age of 20, but there are opportunities for different ages and skillsets right across our business. Joining CBRE's apprenticeship scheme has been the best career move I have ever made," said Shannon.
We expect to launch the new digital guide in early 2019. Click here for more information about our Action for Children partnership.