The Share Foundation operates the Junior ISA scheme for children and young people in care (known as 'Looked After') on behalf of the Department for Education. We're responsible for:
The relationship between The Share Foundation and those involved is shown below, and our website is designed to provide easy access for each audience. Central co-ordination of the Junior ISA scheme means that we can reduce the administrative workload to a minimum and do our best to build up the value of funds held for young people in care.
Chris Read, Natanje Holt and Luisa Partridge – all directors of Portsmouth-based technology company Dunstan Thomas - braved the vast lava fields and glacial wastes of the Southern Highlands of Iceland in a gruelling five-day trek, as part of a series of fund-raising initiatives by the company for Sharefound in support of Portsmouth’s young people in care.
The Government announced this support for children and
young people who have been in care
for at least one year and do not have a Child Trust Fund: first, in the 2011 Budget and then
in more detail in Autumn 2011. Key to the plans is the help of Local Authorities throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in identifying eligible children and young people so that The Share Foundation can open the accounts and attract further funds for them. Since our operations began (November 2012) we have benefitted over 50,000 young people.