Aspire To More launched

After six months of hard work , commitment and passion the Aspire To More was officially launched at a celebration event held by York’s Children in Care Council ~ Show Me That I Matter. Members of the Aspire To More project with Kev and Liam ( Inspired Youth)  delivered presentations to a captive audience, along with video messages from writers…

‘Stories have such power’ – The Aspire to More Launch

Last night saw young people from Show Me That I Matter shine at the official launch of Aspire to More. The evening began with a showcase of projects by young people in care in York  including Arts4Care and Music4care, creating an amazing atmosphere before young people took to the stage to present Aspire to More….

4 days to go  …. SMTIM are on count down to the exciting launch of the Aspire to More Project Aspire To More – Celebrating the Participation of Children and Young People in Care SMTIM says ” we have been overwhelmed with the response and support for this project and are very excited to see it…

Meet Natasha Benjamin

Natasha Benjamin is the founder of Childhood Domestic Violence and Mental Health support organisation Free Your Mind CIC,  an Award winning business woman, life style, mental health and self care blogger. Childhood Domestic violence expert, Author and YouTube content maker and Speaker. Natasha was taken into kinship care when her mom was sectioned having faced domestic violence. Natasha…

Laura Beveridge – my friends in care were my biggest support

Laura Beveridge is an inspirational care leaver with a powerful story who has gone on to achieve incredible things in her life. Now a Development Officer with Who Cares? Scotland she loves working for a cause so close to her heart, making sure that young people are heard, supporting them to influence positive change in the care system…

Raees Shaw – Next Move

“Next Move” by Raees Shaw was written by Raees as part of a master class by Inspired Youth and Kritikal Powers in partnership with Danesgate Community in York. Writing is a constructive medium, it’s a powerful expression of self through words and it can prove healing and profound. Raees was ask to think about his current…

Home

“Home” Alone in the dark with no direction for Love How I wondered if He really is somewhere above Given at birth to strangers unknown Only to find this is no place like home Hunger and hurt run deep in my veins Only a true mother’s love could ease this pain Must I go my…

Aspire crew share their feedback

The young people behind the aspire to more project were asked to share their feedback about the project. Their comments will help evaluate the impact of the project in a short film which will be premiered at their launch event in September. We put this series of posters together featuring highlights from their feedback. If…

Jade – “Their stories inspired me”

The experience gave us a chance to work closely with people who have been in care, to hear their stories and also work with a great network of support. I learnt that there are people who have been in care that also want to make a difference in today’s society. The best part of this…

Everybody has aspirations

One of the amazing Show Me That I Matter team, Amy, has just had a guest blog about Aspirations published in a major publication read by social work professionals all over the UK. “Everybody has aspirations. Aspirations are especially vital to the survival of children and young people in care” The article, which explores the need for positive…

From the scheme to the dream

Garry Anthony Fraser is a BAFTA award winning filmmaker. Originally from the Muirhouse estate in Edinburgh, Garry was placed into care from the age of 10. After years of running away from the system and in his own words ‘Running away from himself’ he finally began to turn his life around and through pure determination…