Care experience is distinct to each care experienced individual and may be unfamiliar to many. This section provides interviews of care experienced individuals and others who are able to provide valuable insights into care experience.We hope that you these interviews are able provide you with a deeper understanding of care experience and some of the work that is being done in the space.
Kriss Akabusi, a revered British sporting icon, is also a testament to resilience and overcoming adversity. His remarkable achievements, which have captivated the hearts of the British public, were forged from his experiences in the care system during his early years. While his past did not limit him, it left an indelible mark that fuels his passionate advocacy for young people facing challenges, particularly those with care experiences. This commitment drove Kriss to lend his support to Phaesporia, symbolizing his steadfast dedication to empowering others to transcend their difficulties.
Jean Templeton, the Chief Executive of St. Basil's, a charity for youth homelessness, brings a unique background to her role that is rooted in her Scottish upbringing. Born and raised in Ayrshire, Scotland, Jean recalls a childhood filled with hard work, close-knit family, and the natural beauty of her dairy farm home. Despite challenges, she excelled academically. Since joining St. Basil's in 2000, she has been instrumental in addressing youth homelessness, showcasing her resilience and commitment to social causes.
Donna Peach, a remarkable individual, shares her transformative journey from a challenging upbringing to becoming a social worker and a beacon of hope for vulnerable children. In this article, we delve into Donna's experiences growing up in poverty, the hardships she faced, and the resilience that propelled her forward. Her story highlights the importance of empathy, understanding, and the urgent need for a more inclusive and compassionate society.
Ian Dickson - A ladder to the stars
Ian, born in Manchester in 1950, was the youngest of six children.
He spent his early years in the care system himself, and later became a residential social worker and manager. He is particularly known for his efforts to improve the care system and to ensure that the voices of children in care are heard. His reflections on the care system, provide valuable insights based on his personal experiences and professional expertise.