Faces of Fostering – Byron on leaving home and getting his own place.

Faces of Fostering – Byron on leaving home and getting his own place.

I have now lived in my flat, around the corner from my brother in Blackpool, for a year. I was 17 when I left; however, I had known for a long time I had to do it, and when I was 17, I started to get to a point where I knew I had to do it. We were in lockdown, and I was furloughed from my job, and my carers and I were not getting on with each other well.

However, our relationship with each other meant we understood each others point of view; but a lockdown wasn’t making things easy for any of us. It began to change me as I was getting frustrated.

I wanted to change; I wanted to do something and learn more to help myself, and I wanted to be independent. My goal has always been to get my own place at 17. I have always wanted to live independently and have my own space that didn’t have rules that made no sense.

My foster carers knew what I wanted, and for the last 6 months I was there, they started to show me how to do things, like how to work the washing machine and cook a meal. They were getting me ready to begin to live by myself; so, I asked my social worker if I could have a flat in Blackpool because I had found out that my brother lived there.

I feel settled now I have the flat, and I set my mind to get it. Now I have set my mind to getting a job in a garage. I never thought I would ever do anything like this years ago because I could not put my mind to anything. Now, I know that having a clear plan with people who will support me and make me feel I belong, and this will get me somewhere. Also, I know that perfect behaviour and a willingness to graft will get me to the next step.

Me and my previous foster carers are still good terms even now I have left. I go around to see them when I can, and they make me my tea. We still talk to each other, and they still help me out; however, we are all itching to get back to normality. It’s my birthday soon, and I hope we can get together and have a meal.

Note: Byron has currently and successfully completed his Level 3 Car mechanics course and is now looking for employment.  Please get in touch if you could offer Byron the opportunity of an interview.

To read more of Byron’s stories, click HERE

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