Creative writer's course for young adults leaving Care

by Siblings Together

About the project


Tipping Point £500
Milestone 2 £1,000
Milestone 3 £2,000
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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
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25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The project will enable sixteen young care leavers, a marginalised and disadvantaged group in society, with often limited access to the arts, to engage in creative writing. The course will be facilitated by professional writers and will be based at an Arvon Foundation house in Devon. Writing has a therapeutic benefit for these vulnerable young people/adults who very often find themselves lonely and struggling to cope when leaving Care. It will build confidence and practical skills.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Statistics from the Who Cares Trust emphasize the low educational attainment levels of Care leavers compared to children not in Care. In 2011 just 13% of children who had been in care for at least six months left school with five GCSEs grades A*-C including English and mathematics, or the equivalent alternative qualification, compared with 58% of all children. Children in care have often experienced trauma and a lack of stability, both prior to care and whilst in care, this can lead to disruption in their education and has a visible effect on academic achievement. The resulting lack of qualifications then impacts on their chances of employment.
What is your solution?
A write's course for Care leavers will help these marginalised young people in gaining confidence in writing and finding a means to express themselves which could serve a therapeutic purpose for the young people themselves but also be a way of letting other people know their stories, what they are/have been going through in the Care system. It provides an opportunity for them to break isolation and meet others from similar circumstances. They will be taught by world famous writer/s and poets such as Lemn Sissey.
How will you deliver this?
The course will take place in Devon for a week during February half-term 2013. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the Care leavers to gain confidence and writing skills to benefit them for the future ahead. Some of the funding for the course has already been secured from Arvon and the Arts Council but we need additional funding to compile and publish an anthology of poems/writing from the course and to run a launch event for the anthology which we believe will be an incredibly valuable addition to the course. Any funds raised beyond that required for the anthology and launch event will be allocated to Siblings Together’s general work.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Put up our link on your Facebook page or/and Twitter
  • 5 minutes
    Send our link to your colleagues and contacts
  • 15 minutes
    Please send your unwanted books for us to donate to care leavers interested in writing and literature.
  • 30 minutes
    Do a collection in your office or your neighbourhood
  • A few hours
    Organise a small event such as a tea party or a drink in your pub to raise money for Siblings Together.
  • Regular time commitment
    Become a volunteer at our monthly drop-in sessions, one Saturday a month for at least a year. Vetting process carried out by Siblings Together.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

We aim to help young people in care and leaving care to initiate and continue to have contact mainly with their siblings. We are further aiming to create opportunities for new connections through the creative arts for care leavers. We aim to create confidence in these people, who do not have many opportunities.

Geographical coverage

Within UK

Our track record

We have been running since 2008 and have successfully helped hundreds of children in care renew their sibling relationships. We organise Monthly Activity Days and creative courses for children in care and care leavers 16+.

How do we deliver this?

Siblings Together provides opportunities for planned, enjoyable, creative and high quality sibling contact. We organise residential holiday camps, monthly activity days, and a range of other recreational and creative activities, to enable siblings to share positive experiences and in turn build a positive sibling relationship.

Awards And Recognitions

‘Delma Hughes won Radio 4 IPM New Year’s honour award’