What do I do now?

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
  • Why people should support care leavers like me
    I reckon, people coming out of care, if they didn't have Barnardo's... well they'd probably be in prison. 28 Oct 2013 - 2:26pm
  • 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
  • Thanks for the support so far...
    Thank you to everyone reading my blog so far, I'm really grateful for all the comments too. 18 Oct 2013 - 5:38pm
  • 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.