Joanne Frost - Greenfingers Project

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Joanne Frost - Greenfingers Project

Greenfingers Project

What is Green Fingers and what work do you do?

Green Fingers is a lottery funded project delivered by Worcestershire County Councils Children's Services. The aim of the project is to provide access to education, training and development opportunities for Looked After, Adopted and Kinship young people and their carers in Worcestershire. We offer a range of ongoing activities such as arts and music sessions, holiday activities and alternative education sessions for young people.

Who do you work with?

We work with Worcestershire Looked After Children, Adopted and Kinship young people and their parents and carers. We also work with care leavers. In addition to this we work with various partner agencies and organisations such as the National Trust to give young people access to more opportunities in their local community.

What was it like working on an exhibition with the National Trust?

It was exciting working on an exhibition with the National Trust. Most of the young people will never have had the opportunity to do so before, so it was a new and memorable experience for them. It's been amazing for the young people to be involved with a project from start to finish, culminating in an exhibition to showcase the items they have donated and their stories of what home means to them. Working on the exhibition has also given the young people the opportunity to work with local and national artists, learn about local history and more about the National Trust and the work they do. 

What was your involvement in the What Is Home project? 

My main involvement has been liaising with the National Trust and organising the workshops for the young people. The young people participated in two workshops led by artist Kashif Nadim Chaudry. The first was explore 'what is home' and the second was to share their personal stories and to catalogue the items they have donated to the project. Part of my role was to ensure the voice of the young person was heard and to ensure all the safeguarding measures were put in place to protect the young people.

What are your hopes for the project? 

I hope that the project will give an insight into the lived experience of some of the young people currently living in the care system today, and by giving the young people a voice they feel empowered and inspired to get involved with similar projects in the future. As part of the project the young people learnt about the National Trust and about Croome's history, I hope this will inspire them to access more National Trust places of interest in the future, breaking down some of the barriers around accessing activities in the local area for Looked After Children.

What will this exhibition mean for the children and carers – how important is it that their story is told?

It's important that the voice of the young person is heard,  and the young people have been able to share their stories of what homes means to them, giving an insight into what homes means for young people living in the care system today, giving a modern voice to the project. The exhibition will showcase the young people's involvement in the project, something they can be very proud of and to show to their families.