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Fostering A New Approach Episode 4: Housing and Accommodation

29 May 2020

Leicestershire Cares’ latest care experienced podcast, Fostering a New Approach, explores the struggles around housing and accommodation for care experienced young people and single mothers estranged from their families.

This week Casey and Diana interview Tanisa, a young single mother who accesses Leicestershires Cares’ Making Moves project, about her story of living in a Mother and Baby unit and now in council accommodation.

Main talking points:

  • The relationships built between young mothers in a Baby and Mother unit.
  • Lack of support from the state and the need for charities to support with food, mental wellbeing and isolation.
  • Lockdown rules in a hostel and how they make life harder for mothers and babies
  • The feelings of freedom when you walk into your new home.
  • The bare-bones of council accommodation. No carpet, no curtains, no white goods.
  • Setting up your own business as a young mother.

Tanisa’s new business

Mama Zuri Candles

Get involved in the podcast

If you have a questions for Casey and Diana to discuss on their podcast, tweet them at @LeicsCares #CEYPPODCAST or email

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Find out how we work with care experienced young people

For advice on dealing with isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown, visit our coronavirus page

Past Podcasts

Fostering A New Approach Episode 1: Care leavers in lockdown

Fostering A New Approach Episode 2: What makes a good support worker for care experienced young people

Fostering A New Approach Episode 3: The Exit Strategy for Care Leavers