Creative writer's course for young adults leaving Care

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About this Project

Siblings Together Charity are partnering with the Arvon Foundation (, an established charitable creative writing centre, to run a one week residential creative writing course for care-leavers age 16-24.

Arvon is a charity that works to ensure anyone can benefit from the transformative power of creative writing.

Siblings Together are the leading voice on the issue of separation of brothers and sisters in care, and run a range of programmes to benefit children in care and care leavers.

The programme will be held in Devon during February half term, 2013.

The money raised here will allow us to publish and launch an anthology of the work done on the course, so the hard work of the participants gets the credit and attention it deserves, and also to act as a reminder for each participant of what they have achieved.

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Geographical coverage
Within UK
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.

About Us

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.
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 Accreditations
‘Delma Hughes won Radio 4 IPM New Year’s honour award’
Project Contact Details
Delma Hughes
Organisation Details
Siblings Together
320 Southwark park road
London, London

020 73948708

Company Limited by Guarantee #06848897
Registered Charity #1137278

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Emailed copy of Siblings Together’s Annual Report.
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As above emailed copy of the latest Siblings Together’s evaluations and reports
2 Backers Purchased 2 Units
As above, plus copy of Anthology of writing from course
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As above, Anthology of writing from course signed by the authors
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As above plus invitation to the launch event for 2 people
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Ground Breaker
As above plus named thanks printed into acknowledgements page of anthology if desired
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Heavy Hitter
As above plus invitation to one other Siblings Together event during the year
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World Changer
As above plus invitation for 2 people to one other Siblings Together event during the year and a signed copy of Lemn Sissey’s book, who is Poet & performer in residence at the South Bank Centre.
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Milestone 1
Enables Anthology to be printed
Milestone 2
Enables Anthology to be printed and also a launch party to be held
Milestone 3
Enables Anthology to be printed and a high profile launch party to be held
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