The Unite Foundation charity has strengthened its Bristol based team with the appointment of a new manager. Helen Arber joins the charity with 15 years’ experience in the third sector gained with organisations including Centrepoint and Action on Hearing Loss. Helen has also worked within education for several years.
The Unite Foundation is a unique charity which provides a home and financial security through University to young people estranged from family or who have experienced care. With only 6% of care leavers going to university by the age of 19, compared with 33% of all young people, the Unite Foundation was established in 2012 to help confront this inequality. The Foundation was created – and continues to be generously supported – by Unite Students, the UK’s leading developer and manager of student accommodation.
Helen will be responsible for developing the reach and impact of the Unite Foundation both through the scholarship scheme and supporting research.
Commenting on her appointment Helen said: “I’m relishing this new challenge and am proud of the Foundation’s role supporting talented young people to succeed. My background is in partnership and stakeholder engagement so I shall be working hard to extend our partnerships and ensure that our scholarships reflect need.”
Unite Foundation Chair Jenny Shaw said: “Helen joins us as we see another cohort of Foundation scholars graduate and go on to start their careers; her appointment reflects our ambition to continually improve access and outcomes for our beneficiary group across the UK’s HE system.”