Welcome to the Community!

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This Is Us Community

A place for all UK care experienced and estranged students in Higher Education, of any age and at any degree level. 

Join our online social media network - the online part of our UK-wide community. You can also download the Mighty Networks app for your iPhone or Android and search for the 'This Is Us Community'.

Also order yourself a free flag badge!

Why You Should Join the Community

Here you can... chat with others, share helpful info, arrange meet-ups, organise games-night, find existing local groups near you, run day-trips/holidays, have serious conversations, give peer-support, pose questions, etc - whatever you’d like! You are more than welcome to extend the invite to other students you know.

We also welcome you to join our Change Makers if you have a piece of activism you want to bring to life that you think will help other students. Recently, we've been running a Guarantor Campaign and creating a Guide for Our Loved Ones.

It’s free, national and open to all ages & years of study.

[This space is for HE students and recent graduates only. If you are a member of staff/support care experienced and estranged people and would like learn more about the community, please read our webpage on the community or send our Community Manager an email and we can arrange a chat.]

Want to raise awareness? Order some community postcards - (tfaforms.com) to share with students, scatter around the Uni/College/SU or share at outreach events: community postcard - order form (tfaforms.com)

What does ‘care experienced’ or ‘estranged’ mean?

 Care experienced: means a person has spent time living with foster carers under local authority care, in residential care (e.g. a children’s home), looked after at home under a supervision order, or in kinship care (looked after by relatives or friends). This includes adoptees/adopted people.

Estranged: means that a person doesn’t have support from their parents (biological, step or adoptive) due to a breakdown in their relationship.

There are many reasons why someone becomes estranged, which could include (but are not limited to): being homeless/at risk of homelessness, being a victim of domestic abuse by family members, having experienced/been threatened with ‘honour’-based violence or forced marriage or being rejected for being LGBTQ+ or because of life choices which parents disagree with.