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.
In the sixth episode of series 2, we speak to Jojo about his experience of moving out and living alone at 18. He shares his advice for care leavers who are thinking about going to university, and chats about how to keep moving forward when you feel stuck.
I feel people think that just because you’re in care that’s all that you are. That’s a part of my life, but it will never be the whole of it.
I moved out [when I was 18], it was nice, and then – BAM! – reality hit. Budgeting, money, struggles, and it was like, wow, this is a lot.