I work as an advocate for those who have experience with the care system. This involves many things from public speaking to consultancy work. I enjoy doing this as it helps to both get care experienced stories out into the world whilst also shaping the essential services that are available to CEP. I do a mixture of both voluntary and paid work.
If you would like to get in touch with me about an event or project you are running, you can contact me using the contact form at the bottom of the home page or alternatively via email at or on Twitter @_caseyarmstrong
Since the beginning of my advocacy career, I have had multiple interviews with the BBC. I have done a series of radio interviews with BBC Radio Leicester as well as three TV interviews.
I have spoken on the radio with Leicestershire Cares about the projects they are doing and how they support me. Two of the TV interviews, on BBC East Midlands Today were also done supporting Leicestershire Cares. The second was independent from them and broadcast nationally to speak about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted me as a care leaver.
BE INSPIRED 2020
I was interviewed for the session 'Girls Talk', all things being a woman in care. If you hadn't heard of this before today, it is a yearly event that seeks to inspire and empower care experienced young people founded by Ashley John-Baptiste. We saw special guests such as Mo Gilligan and Sophie Willan.
Check out the event site here:
FOSTERING A NEW APPROACH
Myself and another care leaver Diana have created a podcast with Leicestershire Cares called 'Fostering a New Approach'. We started this during the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss how it has been impacting us and share some tips. We aim to get guests on from different backgrounds to help amplify a diverse set of often unheard voices.
Watch the first episode here: https://soundcloud.com/user-832743302/fostering-a-new-approach-episode-1
IMPACT FESTIVAL 2020
I was invited to speak at the Impact Festival 2020, run by Centre for Homelessness Impact. I spoke about my experience of homelessness as a care experienced person on the session 'using trials to progress out understanding of what works in children's social care'.
View the summary of the 5 week festival here:
LET'S GET MENTAL, AGAIN!
I work as something called a Young Advisor. I am part of a team of 14 young people all passionate about mental health. We all helped to organise the Let's Get Mental conference with the theme on education. This was the second one we put on but the first one I was involved in planning. I was a part of the panels and also delivered workshops on looked after children in education.
Read the conference summary here: https://associatedevelopmentsolutions.com/the-midlands-young-advisors/what-we-do/lets-get-mental-again-conference-2020/