For National Care Leavers’ Week 2017, Lancashire’s Leaving Care Service are hosting the “Sincerely, You” exhibition.
This will be a collection of letters written by care leavers to their younger selves. The purpose of the exhibit is to provide an insight into the lived experiences of children in care.
Come along and support the exhibition. “Sincerely, You” will be displayed at the follow venues:
Relevant Blog: Don’t Let Your Past Define Your Future: A Care Leaver’s Story & Advice
Care Leavers advice and guidance
What advice would you give to anyone that is going through or has been through the Care System?
“Don’t let you past define your future. Life is a journey and you are the master of your destiny. Yes, you will need help along the way, but the great thing about the future is that it’s not happened yet. Also, surround yourself with a positive support network. For me this was my Aunty. My brother and I were lucky to have such great support. My Aunty taught me right from wrong and I have a very special relationship with her now.”
What advice would you give Social Workers?
“It’s all about the Child – please, never lose sight of this! My Social Worker was amazing and that’s because she was all about my brother and I. We felt central to what was going on around us. Also, make those that are in the care system, feel like they’re not in care and talk at a level so as it can be understood by them.”
What advice would you give to any Foster Carers?
“It’s not about the money. Foster Care is a difficult job and, yes, you should receive payment for it. But remember the best foster carers are those that go above and beyond to help others at their time in need. Also, you need to have patience. It won’t happen overnight and often there will be challenges and difficulties along the way. You need to be their rock!”
What would be you message to anyone reading this?
“Everyone is on a journey in this life. Some bad paths and some good paths, but it’s your choice which path you take. Things can get hard and things can be amazing but that’s life – it’s all about the ups and downs and how you deal with them. In other words, don’t let your past define your future. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support I received especially from my Aunty.”