Billie is a care leaver; her life has more uncertainty than most.
My advice for other care leavers If they’d listen I’d tell them you might think you’re always right but you’re not. Take the support that’s being given to you and just try and make your life better for yourselves.29 Oct 2013 - 6:59am
Me today I’ve just been decorating my house because it wasn’t very nice when I moved in but it’s getting there now and it’s looking really nice. I like taking my new dog out too.27 Oct 2013 - 0:01am
After Barnardo’s helped me When I was 16 I first came into contact with Barnardo’s. Straight away they got me a flat, gave me a grant for furniture, they were just there whenever you needed to talk to somebody.25 Oct 2013 - 11:50am
How it felt to leave care It was a lot of responsibility leaving care at 16, going from not having to do anything to buying your own things and paying your own bills. It was a big responsibility. 24 Oct 2013 - 11:51am
Meeting my Barnardo's project worker Richard The most difficult challenges were finding somewhere to live, and someone I could trust. I wasn't sure if I could trust Richard at first but I don't think I'd be here today if it wasn't for Barnardo's. 22 Oct 2013 - 5:27pm
In and out of foster care I liked going home at first, but as always my mum went back on drugs and her and her new boyfriend started to hit me all the time. 17 Oct 2013 - 5:29pm
My life in foster care Then I stayed with the same foster family and they were really nice. Well because I’d never been treated properly I just liked being there. At first I didn’t like being away from home but when I realised they wanted the best for me, that’s when I found it alright.15 Oct 2013 - 7:04pm
My life before care We always used to get left on our own, we didn’t have any food in the cupboards or any electric sometimes.13 Oct 2013 - 10:33pm
Hey, I’m Billie!
I'm a care leaver who was lucky enough to get support from Barnardo's. This is my story, in my words, talking about what my life was like before I went into care, some of the hardest things I've had to deal with and what my life's like now.