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 it’s a chance to inspire and encourage others in similar situations.
In the fourth episode, Rihanna tells us what it’s like to grow up with HIV in England. She tells us about the change in support when she turned 18 and we hear about the challenges and excitement of leaving foster care to go to university. We met Rihanna through the CHIVA Foundation.
Before I went to an adult clinic, they [foster carers] would go with me and we’d go on lunches and everything to make it more comfortable and then every day they would remind me, if I forgot they were always there to remind me. […] In the beginning, after I left care, it was quite hard because it was like, oh god, there’s no one there to remind me.
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