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

Finding my voice and owning my reality

Some may argue that my greatest achievements include graduating from university, or even getting to university in the first place. Additionally, suggestions include getting my first flat or my job or my constant mental health battles. Professionals in the looked after system may try and convince you that my greatest achievement is being a positive […]

The IMO Podcast, series 1 episode 5: Steven’s story

The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers, shining a light on their experiences. 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 the chance to tell their stories, and […]

The IMO Podcast, series 1 episode 4: Rihanna’s story

The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers, shining a light on their experiences. 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 the chance to tell their stories, and […]

The IMO Podcast, series 1 episode 3: Nathaniel and Victoria’s stories

The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers, shining a light on their experiences. 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 the chance to tell their stories, and […]

The IMO Podcast, series 1 episode 1: Ella’s story

The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers, shining a light on their experiences. 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 the chance to tell their stories, and […]

Conversations with care leavers: staying in touch with family

Fostering ambassador and reality TV star Lydia Bright chats with her former foster brother Scott about going through the adoption process and staying in touch with family members. Scott came to live with Lydia and her family when he was five years old. He was adopted by another family shortly after his sixth birthday. After […]

Conversations with care leavers: leaving care and living independently

Fostering ambassador and reality TV star Lydia Bright chats with her former foster sister Ellie about her journey as a care leaver and her experiences of living independently and being homeless. Ellie started living with Lydia and her foster family when she was seven years old. She left when she was 18. This is the […]

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