23 episodes

Created by and for care experienced and estranged students, the 'This is Us' podcast focuses on having open conversations and reducing the stigma of being from a care experienced or estranged background. Host Paige Mackenzie chats to guests about their hopes for the future, what makes them who they are and what change they want to see for care experienced and estranged young people.

This is Us Care leavers and estranged students

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Created by and for care experienced and estranged students, the 'This is Us' podcast focuses on having open conversations and reducing the stigma of being from a care experienced or estranged background. Host Paige Mackenzie chats to guests about their hopes for the future, what makes them who they are and what change they want to see for care experienced and estranged young people.

    Episode 23: Lisa

    Episode 23: Lisa

    To launch our 5th series of the This is Us podcast, Paige chats to Lisa who is a first year global law student at Queen Mary University London.

    They talk about the importance of support for care experienced young people, the journey to university and Lisa's plans for the future.

    To find out more about the Unite Foundation scholarship visit Unite Foundation + our scholarship = This is us. (thisisusatuni.org)
    To be a guest on the podcast email info@unitefoundation.org.uk
    Join the This is Us community at https://thisisusatuni.mn.co
    If you are affected by any of the topics mentioned you can visit Home - Mind or text SHOUT to 85258. 



     

    • 45 min
    Be Our Guarantor podcast special

    Be Our Guarantor podcast special

    In this special 'Be Our Guarantor' podcast episode, host Paige Mackenzie explores the issue of rent guarantors for care experienced and estranged students. She chats to Sam and Ezra who have been affected by the issue, as well as Unite Foundation director Fiona Ellison.

    You can find out more about how to support and get involved in the 'Be Our Guarantor' campaign here Be Our Guarantor = Unite Foundation (thisisusatuni.org)

    • 20 min
    Episode 21: Danu

    Episode 21: Danu

    In episode 21 of the This is Us podcast, Paige chats to Danu, who is studying Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University London. 
    They talk about the books that made them cry, how going to university felt like a natural decision and navigating the university experience without parental support. 


    If you are affected by any of the issues mentioned in this podcast you can find support at http://www.mind.org.uk or text SHOUT to 85258. 

    • 46 min
    Episode 20: Becki

    Episode 20: Becki

    In this episode of the podcast, Paige chats to an old school friend Becki. They talk through Becki's experience of working in a school and the memories attached to her song choices by Sam Smith, Panic at the Disco and Tom Odell. 
    Please note that this episode contains discussions of substance abuse and domestic disturbance. If you are affected by any of these issues, you can find support at http://www.mind.org.uk or text SHOUT to 85258. 

    • 52 min
    Episode 19: Saeed

    Episode 19: Saeed

    In this episode of the podcast, Paige chats to Saeed Atcha about challenges at university, his career journey and his self-confessed obsession with Taylor Swift!
    Saeed studied PR and Marketing at university and is the founder of Youth Leads UK, an award-winning charity that supports young people. You can find out more here Home - Youth Leads

    • 51 min
    Episode 18: Aura

    Episode 18: Aura

    In this episode of the podcast, Paige chats to Aura, an estranged student at the University of Bristol. They talk about the importance of education, how they navigated the challenges of lockdown and Aura's love for Bristol. Aura also talks about the importance of community and finding the right people to create a strong support system.
    Please note that this episode contains talk of substance abuse, domestic disturbance, alcoholism, and addiction. If you have been affected by any of these issues Mind charity http://www.mind.org.uk can offer you support and you can also text SHOUT to 85258.

    • 54 min

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