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This April will be the first-ever Care Experienced History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the lives of care-experienced people.

Care Experienced History Month will aim to:

  • Bring to light the experiences of care-experienced people, both past and present
  • Celebrate those who are no longer with us
  • Explore how care-experienced people are embedded within global heritage and culture
  • Call for global recognition of the role of states in the history of care-experienced people
  • Raise awareness of what it means to be care-experienced

Organisations and individuals across the world will join in amplifying the stories of those with care-experience and highlighting the key issues impacting those currently in the care system.

This year, Become is shining a light on care experiences from recent history via our social media platforms.

 

Care Experienced Remembrance Day

We will also be taking part in ‘Care Experienced Remembrance Day’ on Friday 30 April to recognise the memory of care-experienced people who have been lost.

On the day, we encourage people to post the Care Experienced Remembrance Day symbol on their social media, plus a link to our Care Experienced History Month resources – as well as a message dedicated to those who have been lost.

 

Support for Care-Experienced people

Our Care Advice Line is open for children in care and young care leavers, Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.
Freephone 0800 023 2033 or email advice@becomecharity.org.uk

 

If you would like specific support around bereavement, we recommend reaching out to:

Cruse Bereavement Care
Helpline open 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, 0808 808 1677 

Hope Again
This is the youth website of Cruse

NHS advice and support
On grief, bereavement and loss 

 

If you're a young person struggling with your mental health, you can also check out the following charities:

Childline
0800 1111

Young Minds
For urgent help, contact the Young Minds Crisis Messenger by texting YM to 85258

The Mix
0808 808 4994

Family Action (Listening Works)
0808 802 0222 or 07860 065 169

Papyrus
If you're under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, you can call Hopeline on 0800 068 4141,
or email pat@papyrus-uk.org or text 07786 209 697

 

If you are a care-experienced adult and would like support or someone to listen, we recommend reaching out to:

Care Leavers Association
0161 826 0214

Rees Foundation
0330 094 5645 

Samaritans
116 123