Looking after us

The project set out to provide a platform for Looked after children and young people leaving care to share their experiences. A series of introductory sessions in the Autumn of 2014 provided opportunities to gather stories, collect images and introduce a range of techniques; including sound recordings, collage and animation.

The project continued in January 2015 with a one day animation workshop to create a short film in response to one of Marley’s sound recordings. In it, Marley discusses growing up in care, being in and out of foster homes, and looking forward to adapting to independent living.

The series of sound recordings below discuss developments in the support available for young people in care in Pembrokeshire.  A short synopsis of each recording and approximate timings are available below.

Marley

Peer Mentoring

  • 0.00 Marley discusses the value of a peer mentor who has been in care and who knows what a young person in care has experienced themselves. He discusses feeling trapped in care and the positive impact having a peer mentor might have had on his behaviour growing up.
  • 1.00 Marley reflects on how hard it is adapting to leaving care, and how each person might deal with it differently

Extending Support

  • Having turned 16, Marley describes how he is looking for a flat of his own

Evie

Peer Mentoring

  • 0.00 Evie discusses leaving her mum and going into care, where she had to adapt to living with strangers.
  • 2.04 Evie discusses the value of having a peer mentor as someone to talk to and who can share their own experiences of care.
  • 3.06 Evie outlines what peer mentoring is and why she thinks it is important
  • 4.13 Evie discusses what she would do as a peer mentor

Extending Support

  • 0.00 Evie describes her feelings at leaving her family behind to go into care
  • 0.31 Coping with being in care whilst at school
  • 0.50 Evie explains why she didn’t feel ready to leave care at 18 years old
  • 1.15 Evie describes her experiences staying on as a lodger with her foster family until was 20, and her reasons for doing so
  • 2.35 As one of the first people to take part, Evie explains the ‘When I’m Ready’ scheme and reflects on how much she grew-up in the time she spent lodging with her foster parents

Alex

Peer Mentoring

  • 0.00 Alex talks about the value of a peer mentor in helping young people in care come to terms with their identity
  • 1.34 Alex describes how a peer mentor could have helped him find out more about the care system and the schemes available to help young people in care, as well as the possibility of developing a friendship

Extending Support

  • 1.07 Alex describe the ‘When I’m Ready’ scheme as s ‘second chance’ for young people in care to plan for their future in work or education

Abbie

Peer Mentoring

  • 0.00 Abbie, who has been in care since she was 6 years old, describes how she feels about current support in the care system
  • 0.45 Abi describes the peer mentoring scheme as the reassurance of ‘having someone there’, although not everyone may need it

Extending Support

  • 0.00 Abbie describes how she felt alone when she left care at 18, and explains why she thinks that post 18 support should be offered more proactively, than relying on young people to ask for help