After pondering over my signs for a long time, I decided to go with an idea that’s been re-occuring for a while. I’ve been wanting to do a photography workshop with the young people I volunteer with based around their care experiences, and where they are now in terms of living conditions and ambitions etc. With the help of a member of staff in the chairty I volunteer at, I’ve written up a consent form and information sheet around this project. I intend to hopefully get 10 volunteers for this project in order to achieve a substantial body of research. The photographs produced, would be a visual source of information regaurding lifestyles, services and standard of care recieved, as well as where the young people think they are as of now in their lives. I understand that this project may produce some uncomfortable feelings for some participants, and may result in Help and Support to step in. If this should be needed, the Help and Advise service will be available to participants as and when needed.

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After creating a few signs with key words/phrases on, I primarily wanted to focus on RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taff) due to it’s known poverty and standard of care to young people, especially care leavers. As a Young Person Representative of the charity I am heavily involved in, alot of the young people I come into contact with are from this Local Authority, and express concerns with the quality of care they had recieved. I originally wanted to glue this sign up onto the building to make a statement to those coming into work the following Monday morning, but due to not thinking the process out clearly enough I instead chose not to. I think this worked well and will continue to progress from this making more signs, and eventually, finding ways of engaging with the public on these matters.

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Two signs I recreated from previous photography work, using standard black acrylic onto wood panals I later came to realise that these stood out more than the photographs from last term. I intend to produce more of these and place them in public areas relating to that specific place.

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After removing the information with a scalpel, i’ve been placing them into a glass jar to keep safe. After a while, I decided to pour them all out and see what words/phrases I had. I then proceeded to create these phrases/poems with the sensitive information taken from my Pathway Plans, that nobody else has had access to. Although there is potential to develop this further, reading this back makes me uncomfortable every time, eventhough I had completel control in arranging the words/phrases.

After removing the information with a scalpel, i’ve been placing them into a glass jar to keep safe. After a while, I decided to pour them all out and see what words/phrases I had. I then proceeded to create these phrases/poems with the sensitive information taken from my Pathway Plans, that nobody else has had access to. Although there is potential to develop this further, reading this back makes me uncomfortable every time, eventhough I had completel control in arranging the words/phrases.

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Using the words I’ve taken out of my Pathway Plan, I decided to place them ontop of the airel shots of around R.C.T. After a good tutorial, I have plans of creating these signs each adopting a word or phrase directly relating to this area of concern. Lots of planning and generating ideas are still yet to come, but this is unbelieveably exciting to me.

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Looking at an area that is well-known for it’s poor quality of care towards Looked after Children and Care Leavers, a place that has huge poverty, lack of prospects, and social isolation leading to drug addiction. Above are actually screen shots of the area in which my partener lives, which is well known to me, and provides a platform for my next idea.

Looking at an area that is well-known for it’s poor quality of care towards Looked after Children and Care Leavers, a place that has huge poverty, lack of prospects, and social isolation leading to drug addiction. Above are actually screen shots of the area in which my partener lives, which is well known to me, and provides a platform for my next idea.

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After clouding my mind with information relating to Social Services in Wales, I decided to treat myself to a coffee. After being told by my tutor that Starbucks were offering a funding scheme for youth projects, I decided to have a look. They were offering funding for upto £2000, so I had an idea of providing a drop-in scheme for looked after children from all over Wales to come and express their concerns and happiness about their experience within the care system.

After clouding my mind with information relating to Social Services in Wales, I decided to treat myself to a coffee. After being told by my tutor that Starbucks were offering a funding scheme for youth projects, I decided to have a look. They were offering funding for upto £2000, so I had an idea of providing a drop-in scheme for looked after children from all over Wales to come and express their concerns and happiness about their experience within the care system.

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