This Is Me – Care Leavers, Identity & Sense of Place
We all have a place that’s close to our hearts. Let us show you ours.
The exhibition opens at the Waterloo Action Arts Centre on Monday 11th September, running for one week only.
Audio: Listen to Travon’s story about the relative freedom of street homelessness, after leaving a domestic setting he describes as a ‘prison’.
A group of young care leavers from London have directed their own self-portraits, which will be displayed with accompanying monologues. In a startling and humbling celebration of diverse voices, each individual explores why their chosen place is meaningful to them and how it relates to or shapes their sense of identity.
‘I think of society as a library, and people are all books. What happens if nobody reads the books?’ – This is Me participant
Care leavers face a number of hurdles when transitioning into adulthood and independence. A third of people sleeping on the streets come from a care background. About 40% of young care leavers are NEET and half of them are dealing with mental health issues. This unique project invites you to discover the people behind the statistics, their stories and take on reality.
A member of staff from Drive Forward Foundation will be on hand every day to welcome visitors and answer any questions you may have.
When: 11-17 September, 11-7pm daily, Monday-Saturday
Where: Waterloo Action Arts Centre, 14 Baylis Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7AA
Help us spread the word on social media and put up our This Is Me poster in your office and local cafe!
Audio: Shaun reminds us that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but of personal strength.