Wayne Dignam

I’m Wayne Dignam a Care Leaver from Ireland. I founded the Care Leavers’ Network, a networking and support group for care leavers. We advocate for children in care, support children coming out of care, and train professionals in the care system. I was born in 1975 and spent most of my childhood in State Care. …

Lauren Shares the Importance of Aspirational PEP’s

This week Show Me That I Matter were invited to York’s Designated Teacher Conference to share the voice of York’s young people in care. Lauren spoke passionately about the importance of involving young people in their Personal Educational Plan (PEP) and here is Lauren’s fantastic speech.   Hello, my name is Lauren and I am…

Aspire To More Wins National Award

We are delighted to announce that Aspire To More is a National Award Winning Project. On Monday 21st November 3 young people from the Aspire To More Project attended the Kids Count Inspiration Awards at The House of Commons. They were nominated and won in the category of “Most Inspirational Campaign on Youth Issues”. Lauren…

Meet Mike Dennis

Mike Dennis is a care leaver and co-founder of Wholistic Fostering, a fostering agency in the West Midlands.  He shares his story for the aspire to more project to inspire young people in care and care leavers. “My biggest achievement would be realising that success doesn’t come from trying to do it alone” Read his full interview…

Meet David Akinsanya

David Akinsanya grew up in care, and worked for 25 years in broadcasting, making current affairs programmes. He now delivers well being training for the NHS, and runs a course with Jenni Randall, who was once his social worker, on building relationships with looked after children. “A whole generation of mixed race kids ended up…

“People say”

” You’re different”, all ’cause you are in care. All ’cause you have been taken away, To make life fair. People stroll and glare, you go all shy and just want to be normal, when you’re already normal, So, when they start staring, hold your head high and don’t go all shy. When you’re at…

Sharing our aspirations

We are delighted to be able to announce that tomorrow we are taking part in a national conference for National  Care Leavers Week. Show Me That I Matter were  approached by The Prince’s Trust to speak at the London conference about the group’s poster and blog project Aspire To More, which highlights the importance of care…

SMTIM share their views on the Aspire To More Experience

The Aspire To More project was created because Show Me That I Matter were beginning a campaign to tackle stigma. An issue that every member had experienced at some point. Working with Inspired Youth the group created soul searching questions that explored peoples care journeys and composed interviews with 6 care leaver role models. The power…

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…