Month: March 2013

Care Leaver Interviews

One of the aims of the Big Lottery’s Youth in Focus programme is to help young people leaving care. In 2010 they awarded £30 million of funding to organisations supporting young people between the ages of 15 and 25, so they get better access to education, housing, healthcare and employment advice and services. They asked some young… Read more »

Hammerwick Childrens Social Care User Journey

This is a story about the Children’s Social Care Service within Hammerwick Council, a fictitious London Borough. It’s one of six personas we’ve created to help us develop Mind Of My Own and is based on interviews carried out with children’s services. It helps us explore how Mind Of My Own could help councils to do an even better job… Read more »

Care Leavers: Our Conscience is Built From What We Have Learnt

Text by Scott King – @ScottKing_ Children and young people in care, a misunderstood , invisible minority. Society judges them for their actions and what they see on the outside but people forget what these individuals have been through, what they have had to endure, what they have seen and what they feel. Each has… Read more »

What is Paper Prototyping?

In a couple of weeks time we’ll be meeting up with two groups of care leavers to do some paper prototyping of some of Mind Of My Own’s potential main features. They’ve asked us, what is paper prototyping and what happens in a prototyping session? To answer this we’ve got Harry Harrold, our chief user… Read more »

Using Mind of My Own: Natasha’s Journey

This is the user journey of Natasha, one of four fictitious personas we’ve created to help us design Mind Of My Own. Natasha and her fellow personas are based on a combination of ethnographic research and personal experiences of our team as young people and advocates. Meet Natasha Natasha is 18 and has recently started her first… Read more »

Photo Story: Being Heard at My CAMHS Review Meeting

This is the story of Jesse’s review meetings with her Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). See how she changes her expectations and the way she takes part in meetings. We want MOMO to help young people change their service experience in similar ways. My CAMHS Review Courtesy of YoungMinds

Using Mind Of My Own: Handy Independent Advocacy

This is a short story about Handy, a fictitious advocacy service for looked after children and care leavers in Bury. It’s one of five personas we’ve created to help us develop Mind Of My Own and is based on interviews carried out with a mix of six in-house and independent advocacy services. It helps us explore how Mind Of My Own… Read more »

Using Mind of My Own: Brett’s Journey

This is the story of Brett, one of four fictitious personas we’ve created to help us design Mind Of My Own. Brett and his fellow personas are based on a combination of ethnographic research and personal experiences of our team as young people and advocates. Meet Brett Brett is 15 years and 8 months old and has… Read more »

Using Mind of My Own: Laura’s Journey

This is the story of Laura, one of four fictitious personas we’ve created to help us design Mind Of My Own. Laura and her fellow personas are based on a combination of ethnographic research and personal experiences of our team as young people and advocates.  Meet Laura Laura is 17 years and is a mental health service… Read more »

Using Mind of My Own: Jermaine’s Journey

This is the story of Jermaine, one of four fictitious personas we’ve created to help us design Mind Of My Own. Jermaine and his fellow personas are based on a combination of ethnographic research and personal experiences of our team as young people and advocates. Meet Jermaine Jermaine is 18 and a care leaver from Wilmslow…. Read more »