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Newsletter #
8
December 2021

WELCOME!

Welcome to the December issue of Shine Magazine! This issue is based around Caring for Yourself at Christmas and is co-edited by Jade Barnett, so over to her!

My name is Jade Barnett, I’m 21 and I began my care journey when I was 15, I moved into a semi-independent property with Young Futures when I was 17 and left to move into my own property in March 2019. Currently, I am working for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on an internship, while working for the Young People’s Action Group with London’s Violence Reduction Unit, running my own podcast called ICE ‘NO’ TEA and as a presenter for Ultrabeam FM doing a monthly radio show.

I wanted to co-edit this issue of Shine because I now know how important it is to look after yourself everyday but most importantly around times like Christmas. Christmas is the time in the year where we all buy gifts, spend time with our loved ones (friends or families) and eat loads of food till our bellies pop! Many think that at Christmas time you give to receive or that everyone is gifted to have a family or a home to go to every year, when in fact, many young people, Looked After Children and Care Leavers experience Christmas very differently. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is hard to ignore the fact that it is the Christmas holidays because everything and mostly everyone is celebrating it. Whether that's transport and services operating differently, stores closing early, bank holidays, workers going on annual leave, Christmas songs in hallways, decorations in the street and even the weather! Christmas falls in the coldest and darkest point of the year so it is crucial you think about how to take care of yourself during this time.

For our feature section, I have interviewed four Care Leavers, from different backgrounds, on their experience around Christmas time and made a list of my 5 top tips on how to care for yourself throughout the Christmas Holidays - you will find this list within the Self Care and Wellbeing section.

We hope you enjoy reading!

Newsletter #
8
December 2021

WELCOME!

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Newsletter #
8
December 2021

WELCOME!

Welcome to the December issue of Shine Magazine! This issue is based around Caring for Yourself at Christmas and is co-edited by Jade Barnett, so over to her!

My name is Jade Barnett, I’m 21 and I began my care journey when I was 15, I moved into a semi-independent property with Young Futures when I was 17 and left to move into my own property in March 2019. Currently, I am working for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on an internship, while working for the Young People’s Action Group with London’s Violence Reduction Unit, running my own podcast called ICE ‘NO’ TEA and as a presenter for Ultrabeam FM doing a monthly radio show.

I wanted to co-edit this issue of Shine because I now know how important it is to look after yourself everyday but most importantly around times like Christmas. Christmas is the time in the year where we all buy gifts, spend time with our loved ones (friends or families) and eat loads of food till our bellies pop! Many think that at Christmas time you give to receive or that everyone is gifted to have a family or a home to go to every year, when in fact, many young people, Looked After Children and Care Leavers experience Christmas very differently. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is hard to ignore the fact that it is the Christmas holidays because everything and mostly everyone is celebrating it. Whether that's transport and services operating differently, stores closing early, bank holidays, workers going on annual leave, Christmas songs in hallways, decorations in the street and even the weather! Christmas falls in the coldest and darkest point of the year so it is crucial you think about how to take care of yourself during this time.

For our feature section, I have interviewed four Care Leavers, from different backgrounds, on their experience around Christmas time and made a list of my 5 top tips on how to care for yourself throughout the Christmas Holidays - you will find this list within the Self Care and Wellbeing section.

We hope you enjoy reading!

Useful Contacts

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