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You may be reading this because you have just been taken into care. We are also in care which is why we have written this letter.
Stay calm. The chances are you are in a better place now. It is fine to feel scared but hopefully you will soon realise that it is not a bad place at all.
You can still have a good time. There are lots of people to help you, support you, give you advice and have fun with!
We’ve made a film for you to watch and we’ve helped write some guides to help you feel better about coming into care.
There was a girl who went into care and hated it and then she realised it was the best for her. She got used to the carer and soon felt much happier.
In care? Come and join one of our groups:
Care2Listen: We are a group of young people in care that meet once a month to make sure that we have a voice and are listened to about things that matter to us. Recently, we’ve made a film for other children coming into care, we’ve given talks to social workers, we’ve helped design logos for our groups.
The group is run in a fun way, you will get to meet other young people in care, it’s great for your CV, and there are opportunities to get involved in interviews, as well as winning competitions and vouchers. Fancy it?
This is a fun group that meets once a month to take part in activities. We do all sorts like trampolining, football, pizza nights, cinema. Fancy it?
If you would like to join us or find out more about either group, speak to your social worker or contact Catie Blundell 07843642528. Email: email@example.com
From the Reading Children in Care Ambassadors.
Here is a thought-provoking poem by M, aged 13, who is one of our young people in care.
Equality we all want it but do we really want to live in a world that is forced upon us. Do we really want to live on a planet that has more segregation than a pizza but each slice bigger than the other, more powerful, bigger ego, higher pay?
I have a feeling many people don’t understand the meaning of fair, white girls complaining ‘’how is it you have better hair than us?’’
Athletes all constantly complaining ‘’ its unfair black people are faster’’
Fair is however not everyone getting the same, it is everybody getting what they need in order to succeed.
To be honest our modern society is like a car dealership, whatever car we like we are judged for it but with 0% APR no money down, we are forced to drive these cars for the rest of our lives. But why is it when I drive my car no one would ever mistake me for my car but when I drive my body people always confuse me for my body not me.
You see when a baby hears the cry of another it cries no matter the race, gender or religion but when we grow older we force feed the labels, black, white, African, Irish but the thing is we never doubt them. You know I am so proud to be a mixed race child, it means two races have come together. This maybe an unpopular opinion but I do believe its too late. We’ve reached an era where people are too stubborn to do what others ask of them.
The thing that worries me most is teachers, the comments I hear everyday and I know they hear the racist slurs but they do nothing about it, but when I speak up to say something all they gotta say is sorry or it was a joke and then its all sorted but it isn’t really because the next day it will continue and so forth.
We never asked for this we never did anything to deserve this, in fact my people lived and died working and serving for you but I will never let that be me, I will never allow someone with no greater features than me control me. Never.
So the next time you judge someone on their nationality or race, think would you even stare at a black piece of paper like that?
The only thing we should separate by colour is washing not people.