- Resilience: The ability to bounce back from challenges and setbacks
- Self-Motivation: Care leavers need to be self-motivated and driven to pursue their goals.
- Proactivity: Being proactive in seeking out available opportunities and resources is essential.
- Organisation and Time Management: Managing one's time and responsibilities effectively is crucial when transitioning to independent living.
- Openness to Learning: Being open to learning and personal growth will enable care leavers to make the most of educational and training opportunities.
- Financial Literacy: Understanding financial management is essential for care leavers as they begin to handle their finances independently
- Communication Skills: Effective communication is vital in various aspects of life, from building supportive relationships to excelling in education and employment.
- Self-Advocacy: Care leavers should be willing to advocate for themselves and their needs.
- Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and managing emotions can be especially valuable for care leavers who may have experienced trauma or difficult experiences.
- Goal-Setting: Setting clear and achievable goals can provide direction and motivation for care leavers.
Changing the narrative...
Statistically, the outcomes for care leavers are poor.
We don't like that. We don't think that it should be the case and most of all, we want that to change. There are endless figures produced to explain the poor outcomes and how they occur but making change is a slow process.
As a care leaver you now have a choice. Are you going to be one of those stats, or can you change the narrative?
There are always people that we can look to who have overcome the difficulties of a challenging childhood. Sometimes it is helpful to remind ourselves, and each other, that overcoming adversity is a skill that other care experienced people have discovered and so can you.
Here's some of the care experienced people that we think changed the narrative!