This is Home
From 7-9 February, the Widening Access team is hosting a week of free, hybrid events designed to raise awareness and show support for care leavers, care experienced and estranged students.
At the heart of the week is a touring photographic exhibition, produced by the Unite Foundation in collaboration with care leavers, care experienced and estranged students. Through photography, it explores the experiences of these groups and, in particular, their journey through higher education.
Below are further details about the exhibition and surrounding events for the week. You are warmly invited to attend.
Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9: This is Home Photographic Exhibition – 10am – 4pm – Creative Edge
This exhibition is open to all. Visitors are welcome to drop-in and attend any time during the opening hours. Student guides will be present to offer further information about the exhibition and contribute to discussions on the topic of care experience and estrangement. There will be tea and coffee served during lunchtimes and a quiet space available for those who may wish to use it during the exhibition. No booking is required.
Tuesday 7: Diverse Voices Panel, 4.30 – 6pm – Microsoft Teams
On this panel are former Edge Hill undergraduates exploring their experiences of care and estrangement. The discussion will explore their unique experiences during their time at university and beyond.Book onto the Diverse Voices panel
Thursday 9: Staff and Student Lecture, 12 – 1pm – H021
This talk is designed for all staff and students at Edge Hill with no experience of care and estrangement. The introductory session will explore key themes around care experience and estrangement in order to develop awareness and understanding amongst the University community. Additionally, it will explore how to support care leavers, care experienced and estranged students in practical ways. No booking is required for this event; simply turn up on the day.
Thursday 9: Propel ‘Right and Entitlements in Higher Education’, 1:00pm (GMT) – online (Zoom)Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 816 1880 6003
The charity, Propel, are hosting a Zoom, online workshop aimed specifically at those with experience of care and estrangement. It will explore your rights and offer a space to ask questions and build community. To help us see these numbers, please complete the online form. You are still welcome to join the Zoom on the day without completing the form.
Thursday 9: Student Support Social, 2 – 4pm – Willow Training Room (Catalyst)
To finish off the This is Home week, the Student Support Team are throwing a celebratory social for all care leavers, care experienced and estranged students. There will be lots of board games and cake available. To help with catering, please book to join the event with our online form before Monday 6 February. We look forward to seeing you there.
Outside of these events, we are also engaging with the local community through inviting care leavers, care experienced and estranged pupils from local schools to visit the exhibition and participate in a day of workshops at Edge Hill on Wednesday 8 February. Additionally, a ‘supporting supporters’ webinar is being run for Lancashire council, comprised of social workers, virtual school staff and foster parents on Friday 10 February.
We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition and events in support of our care leaver, care experienced and estranged community.