Reaching out to care leavers
In January, we kicked off our Bee Smart project with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), co-producing media literacy support with and for care leavers in Greater Manchester.
We are thrilled to have received funding from the Government’s Media Literacy Taskforce Fund for this pilot project.
Since beginning our project, we’ve been busy with our research and discovery phase. One of our main objectives is to ensure that the project is genuinely co-productive and informed by the needs of care leavers and those who work with them. For this reason, we’ve been speaking directly with care leavers, Personal Advisers, Digital Inclusion Leads and local organisations in Greater Manchester to identify care leavers’ needs and how best we can work together to improve media literacy among this group.
We ran a series of focus groups to identify areas where more support could be provided to care leavers to improve their online experiences. Following these discussions, we produced a plan which laid out our findings. This plan was shared with care leavers and professionals who work with them to ensure that we understood their priorities correctly, and to explore any unanswered questions.
First off, this was a hugely interesting process. We’re very grateful to all those who have taken the time to speak to us – the information they’ve shared has been critical in shaping our action plan for the project.