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Sam Turner (He/Him) Policy and Participation Manager Sam.Turner@BecomeCharity.org.uk

What do you do at Become? I lead on our policy work which aims to improve the care system by ensuring that decision makers in government, local authorities and elsewhere listen to the views and opinions of care-experienced young people.

Can you say a bit about your past experience and qualifications? My background is in supporting young people to access and succeed in higher education. My first role involved spending a lot of time in schools, working with students and teachers to support progression to further and higher education. After this, I spent some time working for a London-based university and a charity supporting institutions to deliver their outreach and widening participation activity, including running a forum for staff in universities and local authorities who are supporting care-experienced learners. I’ve been with Become since September 2018. 

What do you like about working at Become? I’m always incredibly grateful to be working alongside not only great colleagues but a much wider community who share a commitment to improving the care system for the benefit of other young people, and supporting each other to do just that.

What drives you? Empathy, tolerance, determination – all in the name of social justice!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Outside of work, I spend most of my time training for or playing ultimate frisbee (I recommend YouTube-ing it!). I’m also really interested in fitness more generally, cooking, playing board games, binging Netflix shows and exploring the glorious North East!