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Posted On: 1st Dec 2014

Care Success Story on ITV

Fixer Kyle Simmons
Kyle discusses his campaign
Natasha Finlayson – Chief Executive of the Who Cares Trust

Kyle Simmons has come a long way since signing up to be Fixer four years ago.

 

Now a prominent spokesperson and advocate for children in care, he continues to inspire young people in the system to follow their dreams.

 

His story was broadcast on ITV News Meridian (E) in December 2014.

 

After starting his project in 2010, the 26-year-old from Southend-on-Sea is continuing to show others that a negative childhood shouldn't impact your future.

 

Kyle, who was placed in care at the age of three and moved between 14 different placements, has used his past experiences to inspire others to follow their dreams.

 

'Almost a third of young people in care will leave school without any GCSEs or qualifications,' explains Kyle.

 

'And almost a quarter of the prison population are people who were brought up in care.

 

'I wanted to help change the system for others and it all started when I made my Fixers music video called “Keep Dreaming”.’

 

Click on the image below to watch Kyle's music video.

 


 

Speaking about his years in care, Kyle explains: 'When I was young, I was moved around a lot.

 

'I still think there is a long way to go in keeping the stability of children the main focus.

 

'I think things have slightly improved, but it often boils down to money and so there are always going to be pitfalls in the service.'

 

Since launching his Fix, Kyle has become an ambassador for the Care Leavers Foundation, a mentor for young people in care, worked with local authorities and even met Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss his work.

 

In the broadcast, Kyle speaks to Natasha Finlayson – Chief Executive of the Who Cares? Trust - who supports Kyle’s campaign and on-going efforts.

 

'I think the really powerful thing that Kyle is doing is that he is using his painful childhood and turning that into a positive,' says Natasha.

 

'He's getting out an important message that people working in the care system need to listen to children and involve them in decisions.'

 

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