Stockport care leaver wins “Inspiring Stories” competition

A Stockport care leaver won the regional You Can Foster “Inspiring Stories” competition and received her award at the Stockport Council’s Children’s Service recognition event.

Stockport care leaver wins “Inspiring Stories” competition

The Inspiring Stories writing competition, run by You Can Foster, the regional local authority fostering consortium, was open to everyone who were or had been in foster care with local authorities and encouraged them to tell their tales to encourage a sense of ambition in young people.

“Dear Diary..I remember” was the winning story in the 18+ category and was written by Jess aged 21.

Jess is a confident young lady who was in care since the age of 14. Her story reflects on the theme “I Remember” as she writes about how she remembers the day she saw her father’s blue work van pull out of the drive for the last time, living with her mother and eventually asking to be given a second chance in life and being accepted into a fostering family.

“I found love between four walls, in a small cul-de-sac in Stockport”, is what Jess says about her fostering family, “I remember what stepping between those four walls felt like for the first time, what home really should have been, what dinner time looked like.”

Jess’ story was judged by prestigious poet Tony Walsh, one of the UK's most renowned performance poets, who commented “This is a beautiful, powerful, inspiring piece of writing and it moved me to tears. It was a privilege to read it and it is my absolute winner. What a remarkable young person we read about here!

Councillor Colin Foster Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said, “We are so proud of Jess and congratulations to her for sharing her story about how her foster carers gave her a second chance in life and helped her to reach her ambitions. She is an inspiration to all our Stockport children who are currently or have been living in fostering families”.

Our inspirational young person Jess now works as a nursery nurse and has recently returned from travelling to China and volunteering in an orphanage in Peru and more recently the European and World Cheerleading Championships.

To read Jess story visit http://youcanfoster.org/dear-diary-winner

Anyone interested in finding out more about fostering in Stockport can contact the Council’s fostering team on 0161 474 3400 or visit the website www.stockport.gov.uk/fostering