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:
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.