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Coming soon: Taking Hold of our Heritage Book

18 Dec 2020

Over the last year Leicestershire Cares has been working with care experienced young people to help them wrestle back the power of narrative in their lives, so they can tell the stories they want heard about them.

Care experienced young people are often required to talk about their traumatic past to professionals, support services and sometime their peers. Telling the same stories over and over again can start to imprint on their identity and heritage. Young people in care often move serval times which can result in photographs and family keep sakes being misplaced and lost.

The Taking Hold of Our Heritage project, funded by the Y Heritage, aimed to encourage care experienced young people to reflect on positive memories to change the narrative they tell about their lives, and recreate their own heritage artefacts.

In this book you will read and witness care experienced young people’s investigations into the complex nature of their identity and see artefacts created by the young people out of these exploration, including oral histories, art and photovoice.

The book will be launched in January 2021.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Jacob –

The Y Heritage

The Leicester Y has been awarded £707,500 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s pioneering “Kick the Dust” funding programme and through this has funded the project “Y Heritage”. This project is be a collaboration between The Y, key civic partners such as our universities and local authorities, and the city and county’s wide and brilliant variety of heritage, cultural and creative organisations. The project aims to better engage young people with heritage across both city and county.

With thanks to National Lottery Players for their support, without them projects such as Y Heritage could not happen.