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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.

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In the forth episode of series 3, Ric Flo talks to us about having a creative or physical outlet as therapy, representation in music and managing relationships with foster carers and biological family. He also shares what inspired him and powerful advice for achieving your goals.

You get to a point where it’s like, “actually I know what the future holds for me because I’m going to write the next chapter. I’m the author of my story”.

I realised that rap was actually a cathartic exercise, I wanted to spread that to other young people to let them know, “look this is not about performing on stage, this is your diary to yourself so you can let go of certain emotions and traumas that you’ve been carrying with you”.

Follow Ric Flo on Twitter @ricflomusic.

If you’re in care, leaving care, living away from home or working with children’s services, Help at Hand can offer you free support, advice and information.

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