IAspire - Bridges Fund Management









Improving the life chances of care leavers in Lewisham, Greenwich and Bromley

Investment Strategy

Outcomes Contracts


Future Skills; Stronger Communities

Date of initial investment

October 2018

Bridges Executives

Andrew Levitt
Iciar Ania


Care leavers are much more likely to achieve worse life outcomes than young people who have not been in care. Those who have been in care between the ages of 10 and 17 are five times more likely to be convicted of a criminal offence or subject to a final warning or reprimand. Of care leavers aged 17-21, 38% are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in comparison to 13% of all 17-21 year olds. Just 6% of young people with experience of the care system will attend university, compared to almost 50% of the general population. Overall, care leavers face a much higher risk of homelessness, teenage pregnancy and unemployment overall.

Leaving care is a crucial transition, and one where outcomes can deteriorate rapidly.  This is often caused by poor quality support, shifting social workers as well as the level of challenge of moving from high intensity support to independence with limited transitional assistance.

Investable Solution

IAspire is one of three outcomes contracts commissioned by the Department for Education in 2017 – the first set ever commissioned by the department – and one of two awarded to Bridges. IAspire will work with up to 270 care leavers over four years across Lewisham, Bromley and Greenwich.

Bridges has teamed up with Depaul UK – a national homelessness charity that has also pioneered outcomes-based services and models to help combat youth homelessness – to deliver the programme. 

IAspire will tailor the approach around each young person and focus more on individual care leavers’ needs and aspirations. The IAspire team will focus on building a strong rapport with each young person, focussing on their strengths and assets, enabling them to progress into education, training or employment and stay there. The team also works closely with employers to source suitable job opportunities for those on the programme, whilst also helping employers to consider the diversity of their workforces.


IAspire looks to support care leavers into sustained education, training and employment opportunities, while building up their stability and well-being.