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Our care leavers

Our young care leavers inspire us with their resilience, strength, and aspirations. Read some of their stories below.

Jake

Care leaver Jake

18 year old Jake first came into foster care at the age of 9.

What are you doing now?

I am a superyacht cadet with the United Kingdom Sailing Academy training to be a deckhand on motor/sailing yachts over 40m.

How have your foster carers supported you?

My foster carers have always supported me to do my best and achieve anything I possibly could.

How have Gateshead Council Children's Services support you?

The council supported me with funding for equipment to fulfil my sailing course.

What are your plans for the future?

In the near future I look to be a bosun on superyachts and in the distant future I aspire to be a captain of a superyacht one day.

What advice would you give to other children in care about the future?

My advice to any children in foster care would be to follow your goals and dreams. Anything is possible as long as you believe it is.

Aisha

Care leaver Aisha

21 year old Aisha came into foster care when she was 10 years old.

What are you doing now?

I am in my final year of university studying to be a Social Worker. I also works as a sessional member of staff for the council supervising family time and as a play worker and was one of Gateshead's first Care Experienced Young Ambassadors.

How have your foster carers supported you?

My carers made me feel part of their family and gave me a safe, happy home environment, where they believe in me. This meant I could achieve my goals.

How have Gateshead Council Children's Services support you?

They have supported me as any good parent does. Before I turned 18, I was worried about what would happen, fostering supported me to stay with my carers until I was 21 and they understood what my foster family meant to me.

What are your plans for the future?

In the future I plan to qualify as a social worker, have a nice home with my own family (and to make loads of money!).

What advice would you give to other children in care about the future? 

Work hard - put your head down and do as well as you can at school - believe in yourself! You can achieve your goals! Utilise all the support you can get.

Alexandra

Care leaver Alexandra

22 year old Alexandra came into care when she was 12 years old.

What are you doing now?

I work part time in a bar and have recently started my new position as a young ambassador as well as juggling resitting my maths and English exams and raising my little boy.

How have your foster carers supported you?

My last foster carer gave me a safe space to become an independent young women.

How have Gateshead Council Children's Services support you?

I am grateful to the service for providing opportunities like the one I'm in now. The young ambassador role is ideal for me as I'm hoping it's going to jumpstart me into a career I'm incredibly passionate about.

What are your plans for the future?

In the future I'm hoping to work closely with vulnerable children and family's in need.

What advice would you give to other children in care about the future?

The advice I would give to children now in foster care is to remember nothing is permanent and life gets so much better.

Josh

Care leaver Josh

23 year old Josh came into care at the age of 9.

What are you doing now?

I am a Bar Manager for Wetherspoons. I have gained a lot of confidence in my current job, and it has given me the motivation to work with Gateshead Council as a Young Ambassador.

How have your foster carers supported you?

I feel my foster parents gave me a better quality of life.

How have Gateshead Council Children's Services support you?

Gateshead Social Services assisted in my growth as a young person.

What are your plans for the future?

My plan is to become a social worker and use my personal experience to better young people's lives.

What advice would you give to other children in care about the future?

Don't worry just live in the now and learn from each experience.

Care Leaver's Local Offer

Gateshead Council provide a range of support to care leaver's from the age of 18 up to the age of 25 to provide them with stability, help them to access new opportunities and gain skills and confidence to become independent young adults.

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