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John

John

Name: John Denver
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Bristol
Campaign: To break misconceptions about fostered children

I was a child in care, and therefore I experienced life a little differently to other people.

 

Home life could be unsettling, and I spent a lot of time with different families before securing a foster family until I was 18.

 

But through my childhood and teens, I was ridiculed by people in my school. They would look at me as if I was some kind of sub-class, or a completely different person. They would often not be my friends, purely because they felt I was different for not having ‘proper’ parents.

 

Through my Fix, I am working towards creating a short documentary film which shows that children in care are no different to anybody else, and should not be treated differently. Children who are in care should not be singled-out or neglected.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

Brenda Hook

Kieran O'Connor

 

Kingswood Young Homeless Project

Kingswood Young Homeless Project provide supported accommodation and housing advice for young homeless people, and support my Fixers project.

 

Thank you to fellow Fixer, Jessica Clough-MacRae, who had some kind words about my project:

 

"I want to support John's project on 'The Care System' because I feel that this is something young people who are not in care know little about. For children in care, I think it is important to be included and treated normally by other young people, and I think John's project will help create a better understanding and acceptance of these children's situations. I think it's a brave project to do and I'm sure a lot of young people will really benefit from it."

April 2013
I was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol to discuss my campaign and Fixers project.

 

March 2013

My story was featured on This is Bristol. Click here to read the full story

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