Dreams and Aspirations

Dreams and Aspirations brought young people in care in Devon the opportunity to use the arts to enable them to self-reflect and express their dreams and aspirations for their futures.

“Before the project I hadn’t really thought about my dreams.  I knew I wanted to work with younger children and I liked sport but I didn’t know what to do with that. Doing stuff with the artist helped me set my goals.  I made an animation of becoming a swimming teacher.  I had to put myself in it.  I broke the animation into smaller pieces and so I broke down what I needed to do to achieve my dream.”

teenage project participant

Young people in care and care leavers worked with professional artists to find new, creative ways to formulate and express dreams and aspirations.  The young people wanted to use their creative work to help others to ‘see’ their dreams, in order to show themselves as whole people – not just the set of issues in their files – to corporate parents, foster cares and designated teachers, so that the service will improve to better meet their needs.

The Dreams and Aspirations film, made by the young people, can be viewed here.

Dreams and aspirations was supported by the Lankelly Chase Foundation.