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 the chance to tell their stories, and it’s a chance to inspire and encourage others in similar situations.

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In the first episode of series 2, we speak to care leaver Louise about loneliness and isolation in the care system, the lack of support for care leavers who want to study at postgraduate level, and her experience of building relationships at university.

You might look at me and not think of me as your stereotypical looked after child, but what does that look like and why do you have those preconceptions?

“[Social isolation] is not something that people speak about, but it’s something that needs speaking about. Particularly for those growing up in care, who don’t necessarily have that experience of making friends, because I couldn’t go to sleepovers, or go to parties, or get in a friend’s parent’s car, unless they were police checked.