Ryan – School days

14 Jul

In maths, my teacher was Dave, he was a waste man; he was moody all the time. Maths was hard and he didn’t help me, he didn’t help anyone. I asked for help and he was moody for no reason, which made me angry.

Dave was from my boarding school, it was an all-boys boarding school.

PE was good. I played basketball in my breaks and I played it in PE cos my teacher was a basketball coach. I got on with him, he was American. I used to like running, I could run really fast.

I liked science and ICT too. But not English.

My science teacher was nice, Mr Armitage, he was alright. The lessons were practical with Bunsen burners and stuff. We made cannon ourselves with nitrogen and it shot tennis balls out.

Rachel – A tender subject

14 Jul

It’s my first day in a new school. The timetable is different. The school has a billion different buildings, for almost triple the staff and students that I had in my last school. I get called in to the learning support department to ask me how I’m feeling. My new classmates see me; the quiet new girl who has to visit the learning support room. They make assumptions. I spend the next 2 years proving them wrong.

Education is a tender subject. Everyone has different experiences when they’re in school; it shapes and builds who you are, and who you want to be. And it’s hard. Almost every student has been bullied, picked on, or struggled with the work. Going through puberty is difficult enough without being yelled at for what you wear, or what you say. It’s an age where you have to grow up; that is what education is for.

I grew up. I’m proud of who I am, and my education. It was harsh, but I’m strong for it. And it came from other places than just the school with the billion buildings where I had to go to the learning department for my meetings. Education takes place in the home, on the streets, when you’re out with your friends. It is constant, powerful, and definitely something that shouldn’t have to be limited by money.

Jonas – Holidays

22 Jun

Everybody in care loves a good holiday and to hear the big news from your carers that your passport has come through and you will be flying for the first time to Spain, France or further. But once I grew up, I wanted more – I wanted to travel independently abroad with my friends instead of foster carers.

Now I find myself in 2011, in an exciting situation that could be jepordised  by the care system and governing bodies. I booked an all inclusive holiday to Magaluf… yes Magaluf I know! I intend on going with my friends, however it was not as easy to get permission to go as I anticipated.

Social services are being too nosey for their own good, I appreciate caution and ‘preventions better than cure’ and all of that lark, on the other hand though I DON’T APPRECIATE how social services pretend they are your friend up until you turn 18…

BANG that’s it you are another statistic who they have decided to help or generally try to get rid of. Get this though, when I’m 18 will social services care about whether I travel abroad and my well being? Probably not! Therefore there are still grey areas in the care systems that really need to be addressed…

Jonas – Sea Cadets

15 Jun

Bad experiences that happen in young peoples lives in or out of the care system can have a rather negative affect on their teenage upbringing. My teenage years were easily spiraling down the wrong avenue; holding anger against people who were there to help me and paying more respect to people who held no respect for my situation or well being. Luckily with positive influences in my life, I found the Sea Cadets and learnt that respect and trust can be earned as easy at it can be lost.

I leant how to become disciplined, I became proud of my appearance and the way I represented myself towards others. I learnt how to consider others through charity work and became more sociable applying myself in a team-working environment. The more I pursued the sea cadet mentality of being disciplined, proud, courageous, respectful and enthusiastic I reaped fantastic rewards.

I became more knowledgeable with the world around me; I visited Malta on a tour of Sea Cadet duty, Wales for an Expedition training camp and Portsmouth for a National Football tournament. What I love most about the Sea Cadets is the fact that you can make allot of friends, have fun but most of all earn life experience in order to help you become a better human being.

Amina – Life is about stereotyping

8 Jun

My name is Amina Khan; I am a young person who been in care for 13 years. Once I’ve reached the age of 18 I have been moved into a supported housing, now I have been living there for almost 2 years now. It’s been a good experience as I got a lot of support and but sometime it can be difficult.

Now I will be talking little a bit about my self on how I’ve been stereotype in care but mainly at support housing!

As you can tell by my name, I am from a Bangladeshi background. Brought up in a Bangladeshi foster family, some of the good things about my culture background are that I had the opportunity to celebrate Eid and fast during Ramadan. However since being in supported housing I have not been respected because of how I am and what I wear. I have been stereotyped because of why I wear a head scarf, I find that offensive and it upsets me. I think that my support worker does not accept me as an individual.

This is not the first time that happened to me. When I’m out for a dinner or a party, I get people in general staring at me because I wear a scarf.
On top of that when I was working in Dorothy Perkins for my work experience; I had people that work with me did talk behind my back about my head scarf. I did not tell the manager course she might think the same.

Its hurts me a lot when people question me about me wear scarf but it’s my choice if I want to wear scarf or not!

My main point is that people should not judge me if I they are supporting me. ‘Children in care need supporting but not judge them’.

I won’t let this hold me back course from my positive side I am happy and I have been working in a lot of different charity sectors, this is why I want to help people in care and make a difference. It helps me gain a lot of confidence and I am honored to be part of it.

On top of that I am working with a charity called Raleigh International; I have been chosen to do the Raleigh International overseas expedition! This is a once in a life time opportunity and I am privileged to be part of this great expedition.  Raleigh International is a charity which organizes expeditions helping local communities and the environment.

I will be going abroad to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for 10 weeks to work on three phases: Environment Project, Community Project and Adventures! I will be travelling to Costa Rica and Nicaragua as a volunteer. I will be living and working amongst the local community, in the pursuit of improving health and educational services, helping to protect the countries’ natural environment. In addition, other activities include trekking over mountainous terrain, beaches, jungles and volcanoes.

Selina – Feeling let down

8 Jun

Hi I just wanted to explain how I believe many young people are let down by the education system and how the education system can be improved. I felt in care my education wasn’t taken seriously, my carers wanted to force me into doing a course I didn’t have passion in.

The education system let me down because most of my teachers told me that I had too many emotional problems in my life to succeed at school. I felt my teachers did not do enough to help me to improve in my subjects even though some teacher’s told me that I’m capable of doing A levels.

A better education system would help young people become more motivated in their studies because they may enjoy the subject they have chosen to do. This can only happen if professional’s support them with their own choices and listening to them rather than assuming they are suitable for a subject.

There are lots of ways to help young people in care with their education. There are teaching support assistants (LSAs) in schools and colleges to help young people during lessons and with homework. The councils could finance more LSA time for children in care to encourage their motivation in school.

Kevani – No one knows better than you

8 Jun

I believe that young people are underestimated too often in making simple decisions for the better of their own future. When it comes to choosing GCSE topics it seems to me that certain young people experience pressure from parents/foster careers, teachers, social workers and others to choose what is deemed as “traditional subjects” although the creative subject is what they would rather study such as Art, Drama, Music and more.

I believe as a young person you are smart enough to know where your strengths and weakness are, which means you’re able to know and chose topics that best suits your enjoyment and careers. It’s easier said then done but trust me take it from someone who has had the same experience.

When it came to me choosing my GCSE topics I never had the support I feel I needed. I was told in order to get a good paying  job I would need to choose topics such as Double Science, History, Geography etc LOL By now you guys should know me and exactly what I did lol!

Words of Inspiration

Just because a person is a Doctor, Lawyer, Solicitor, Judge etc does not mean they are successful. Success is “…is an outcome of something attempted…”  At the end of the day when you have achieved what you had set out to do that is you being successful. Remember don’t EVER! Measure your success with others.