A community zine exploring our stories in a way which feels comfortable

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Care experienced journalist Sophia Hall spoke to Lys, Founder of Care Collective about her care experienced led project and why she created the zine. Why did you start Care Collective? I started Care Collective because I wanted to find a way for us as a community to connect in a creative way, exploring our stories […]

Improving the health and wellbeing of black women with Amour Destiné

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Care experienced journalist Sophia Hall spoke to Annie Gibbs, Founder of Amour Destiné about her care experienced led project and why they do what they do. Why did you start Amour Destiné? Amour Destiné was formed because of losing my mother at the age of 8 years old, and the experience of learning to push […]

Getting that ‘lightbulb moment’ to try new things

  I was literally doing nothing with my life. I was on Universal Credit. I was in semi-independent living with a bunch of other angry teenagers. All we’d ever do is sit around and party, get drunk, waste my life. A circle of negativity happening, and I can just remember having this mindset of having […]

The IMO podcast, series 2 episode 6: Jojo’s story

The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers that gives a voice to the diverse experiences that make up the care population. Each episode we invite someone who’s been in care to talk about anything they like. It’s an opportunity to hear the voices of people who often don’t get […]

Career-experienced people: meet Jamie, a care-experienced Executive at Rolls-Royce

  We’ve created #CEP, a monthly spotlight on care experienced people and their careers. Throughout the coming months we’ll be platforming people with care experience and the brilliant careers they’ve created for themselves, and sharing their career advice to inspire the next generation of care leavers. Meet Jamie, a care-experienced Manufacturing Services Executive at Rolls-Royce. […]

Giving care leavers a Christmas Day they’ll never forget

All over the country, volunteers are working to give care leavers a Christmas Day they’ll never forget… and they’re not letting a global pandemic stand in their way. “The Christmas Dinner” project was set up with the intention that no care leaver would be left alone on Christmas Day. Founded by the poet, Lemn Sissay MBE, […]

Behind the glittering bows: creating new traditions at Christmas

As a child I remember the countdown to Christmas beginning in school, and everyone getting excited for the holidays, whilst I just felt pure dread.  I hated Christmas as it was the time that I had to spend with my family whether I liked it or not. Usually I would spend all of the time […]

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