The IMO Podcast: nominated for Best New Podcast at the 2020 British Podcast Awards!

The IMO Podcast has been nominated for Best New Podcast in the British Podcast Awards. In this blog we take a look at why we started the podcast, how we went about making it, and highlight some of the guests we’ve spoken to. IMO (which stands for ‘in my opinion’) offers a space for care […]

The IMO Podcast, series 2 episode 1: Louise’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 […]

How do you #definecare? A collaborative poem by care experienced people

We invited care leavers from across the country to come together virtually during the lockdown to create a collaborative poem about how they define care. Here is the result. #definecare Foster care is nothing like Tracey Beaker Social workers changing all the time Having to tell my story again and again Authors of no authority, […]

How coronavirus has impacted me as a care leaver, and advice for others

This blog was written by Casey, a 20-year-old care experienced advocate. You can follow her on Twitter, and read more from her on her website. My Twitter feed seems to be bombarded with questions such as “what can we do to help care leavers?”, “what struggles are care leavers facing?”, “who is not being heard?” – and […]

How can I look after my wellbeing while self-isolating?

Being stuck inside can have a detrimental effect on our mental health and well being. We’ve gathered together our top tips for keeping yourself healthy and well when you’re self-isolating or avoiding social contact. Arm yourself with the facts There will be lots of rumours and misinformation circulating. Make sure you are getting your information […]

Coronavirus – what you need to know

It’s totally understandable that you might be worried about coronavirus (Covid-19). You might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by what you’re hearing in the news, especially if you don’t have family around to talk to. Being worried about the virus is completely normal. But you may be hearing lots of different things that make it […]

Children aren’t leaving care, care is leaving them

As someone who grew up in care, I’m used to people telling me they have low expectations for me or those around me. In fact, my care records are a catalogue of comments turning my behaviour into problems. I didn’t always notice it at the time, but when I read my care records and noticed […]

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