Caring with Vitality: food, fostering and the transition to a healthy adulthood

Chaired by Lisa Cherry, Lecture by Andrea Warman with Toni Gardner and Mattie Wilson

Lisa Cherry is a highly regarded independent lecturer, keynote speaker (in trauma, attachment, recovery, looked after children, and the experience of care leavers), writer and coach. Lisa has worked with young people in social care, children and families, early years development and education environments in a variety of roles over twenty years. As a child Lisa experienced the care system as a looked after child and this experience has led her to write and publish three books and develop courses and keynote presentations on this and associated subjects.
Dr Andrea Warman was a children's social worker before returning to study. She completed a PhD in social anthropology, using life stories to explore the experiences of women in socialist Cuba. She went on to teach at Brunel and was BAAF's fostering development consultant for six years, with an ongoing interest in the motivation to become a carer and everyday lives in fostering households. Andrea will use her academic and professional background to argue that the social and emotional meanings of food have lacked attention in the social care world. Drawing on carers stories from across the UK and abroad, she'll give examples of good practice and the potential for pro-active fostering to support healthy adulthood.
Toni Gardner has been a foster carer for over 20 years and currently provides supported lodgings for young men preparing to leave care. Mattie Wilson came to live with her aged 15, and found his passion for good food and cooking in her home. Mattie is now a qualified Chef who has worked at Jamie's Italian in Guilford, and teaches his skills to other careleavers. Toni and Mattie will share their 'recipe' for fostering.

National Care Leavers’ Week is about highlighting the needs of care leavers, and encouraging the agencies responsible for looking after them to work in a coordinated and effective way.

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