The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers that gives a voice to the diverse experiences that make up the care population. Each episode we invite someone who’s been in care to talk about anything they like. It’s an opportunity to hear the voices of people who often don’t get the chance to tell their stories, and it’s a chance to inspire and encourage others in similar situations.
In the first episode of series 3, we talk to Jerome about how the suicide of a close friend inspired him to set up The Tope Project, a loving space for care leavers to combat loneliness. He also talks about his journey of healing the traumas he experienced in the care system and living with peace and joy in his present.
“The abuse I suffered the first five years of being in care was worse than when I was with my mum…Young people should have access to healing techniques…you should be over-nurtured.”
“The number one solution to the system is relationships.”
Follow Jerome on twitter @Jerome_H_Agyei.