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As part of National Care Leavers week 2019, we are proud to launch a new Aspire To More Blog, this time from one of York’s own care leavers – Shelly . “The reason for sharing my care experience is because I feel that there is power to sharing stories and I can contribute to raising…

Andi

Andi is our latest role model to share his experiences ……. ” I was born to a mother who had just left a residential home and she was 16. I entered care aged just 7 and excluded from school aged 15. I was addicted to drugs and exploited into crime aged 16 and sent to…

Reflections ….

As Aspire To More approaches its 3rd anniversary we want to take a moment to thank everyone for their tremendous support. The project started in Feb 2016 when a group of young people from Show Me That I Matter ( York’s Children in Care Council) along with Inspired Youth set about a journey to raise…

Nicola

As Care Leavers week draws to a close we are delighted to share with you another inspirational story by York Care Leaver Nicola. “I was very lucky to live with a family who gave me freedom to be myself, whilst also providing me with the stability that I needed. I had a really supportive social…

Maria

We are delighted to introduce  Maria , a care leaver from York, having experienced  university at 30 and then again at 40 she is now a published writer and is self-employed, using her teaching degree to teach creative writing courses. Maria’s story is launched today to mark the start  of National care leavers week. Maria’s…

Aspire To More- Raising Care Leaver Aspirations

“Aspire To More” is a creative project funded by JRF and delivered by Inspired Youth  in partnership with The Speak Up Service – York’s Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service which is part of  City of York Council. Working in close partnership with York’s Children in Care Council  “Show Me That I Matter” (SMTIM) , we…

“Aspire To More” project sparks into life

The Aspire To More team met for the first time at West Offices to launch our new raising aspirations project. The project is designed to give young people the opportunity to meet successful care leavers who have overcome adversity  to build positive and inspiring lives. After checking in and exploring the project aims the team got…

Danny shares his life story

The next role model to grace the project with their story is Danny. Danny went into care when he had just turned 14 years of age. Amy composed the interview and Danny warmed to the task, it was a really honest and open conversation.Danny talked about his time in care with his brother Dean and how they…

Tracey

We are delighted to introduce Tracey – our latest inspiration role model. Tracey’s interview will be available later this evening but for now this is why Tracey has shared her experiences … I also want to be a positive role model to others in care who may think that they have no choice due to…

ADCS – An amazing experience

On Friday the sixth of July, myself and Amy headed to Manchester via the train to close the ADCS (Association of Directors of Children’s Services) conference! Now this was a 3 day overnight stay conference for all of the professionals that had attended from the start, and me and Amy had been given an amazing…

Benjamin Perks

We are absolutely delighted to be able to share with you today an interview with Benjamin Perks. In his interview Ben talks about his experiences, challenges and the difference one teacher made to his life. Ben’s interview can be read in full here  I had an amazing teacher when I was 15. I was on…

Jerome

Jerome Harvey-Agyei is 28 and originally from east London, he is the co- founder of the Tope project , a volunteer run, youth led project, aiming to combat loneliness for care-experienced young people. Jeromes interview is available to read here