Josh – “It’s an eye opener”

I loved the bit when Paolo was talking to us about the boiler room in the kids home when he said his friend Frank told him “It doesn’t get any worse than this”. It’s kind of an eye opener to see the other people and their stories and what they have been through”   Advertisements

Shelley – “Boost aspirations of children in care”

Why did you join the Aspire To More project? Because of the previous project ‘Arts4Care’ and how much I enjoyed it and everyone involved! What do you hope the project changes/achieves? To help boost aspirations for children in care and get rid of stereotypes. What has been the highlight of the project for you? Just…

Lauren “Children in care can achieve”

Why did you join the Aspire To More project? To help people forget about the statistics and realise what children in care can achieve. What do you hope the project changes/achieves? I hope this project proves to people that not every care leaver achieves less than young people who havent been in care. What has…

Ellie – “Make a difference”

Why did you join the Aspire To More project? To make a difference and change things to make it better for us (children in care). What do you hope the project changes/achieves? To be able to be the same as everyone else. That people don’t turn their noses up if we tell them we are…

Isabelle – My confidence is huge

Isabelle Turner is 19 and currently studying to be an actor at Leeds City College! Isabelle achieved 11 GCSE’S at school and a level 2 qualification in Performing arts at Distinction Star level. Isabelle is hoping to get into a drama school or university next year to go onto study either Acting Or community drama. After this she would like to…

It’s only just started!

This is just the beginning for the aspire to more project! It has been a fantastic journey! Over several creative sessions with the excellent Show Me That I Matter, young people have driven and shaped this positive campaign from start to finish! They shaped interesting, important, searching and insightful questions that explore the fundamentals of the…

Poster Series Concepts

Having successfully interviewed 6 role model care leavers, the group moved onto concept designing their poster series. First we reviewed all the images captured by Scott Akoz. The group were asked to consider space for text on the posters and to chose the most high impact image that would capture an audiences attention. There were some…

Jenny – Stop underestimating us

Jenny Molloy spent most of her childhood in care. She regularly gives talks and is called on by government bodies to advise on the care and fostering of children. Her mission is to reach out to children in care, care leavers and associated professionals to inspire hope and to remind us that all care leavers…

Danny – Just believe in yourself

Danny went into care when he had just turned 14 years of age. Danny is famous in York for his part in writing ‘How To Fly’ a rap song about real life care experiences. The film was part of a project called #Music4Care which won a National Kids Count award at the Houses of Parliament. Danny…

Pippa – Embrace it

Pippa is 23 years old and went into foster care at the age of 11. She was in foster care for about 8 years before leaving in 2011 to attend Edge Hill University, near Liverpool. Since coming to university, she has volunteered for a children’s respite break charity which provide week long holidays for children in disadvantaged backgrounds. Pippa is due to…

Jade – Don’t let Care define you

Jade ward entered into the care system when she was thirteen. Since leaving care at the age of 16 Jade has spent the last 8 years working with children in care as a leaving care events facilitator and researcher. Jade has given inspirational speeches in multiple countries to young people in care, care leavers and practitioners…

Paolo – Shine on

Paolo Hewitt was placed in care at a very early age, and went to live with a foster family. Following years of abuse he was sent to Burbank children’s home in Woking at the age of ten. He has written about this period of his life in ‘But We All Shine On‘.  Hewitt’s first published…