Things I Wish I’d Known

Moving On is a creative project co-delivered with care experienced young people. The project aims to make changes, break stereotypes and prepare young people to leave care. Together with our core group of care experienced young people, we explore important issues to do with the care system and the care experience, through creative and theatre-based work.


Things I Wish I’d Known

Together with our group of care experienced young people, we have created a series of short films sharing practical tips and advice about living independently, called Things I Wish I’d Known.  Each film topic was inspired by discussions, workshops and the creative ideas of the group, and each one aims to share things they wish they’d known when they were preparing to live independently.


What Cannot Be Asked in an Interview

It’s important to know your rights when you go into an interview. This film highlights there are certain things you can’t be asked, particularly if it’s about your protected characteristics.


Talking Helps

Sometimes things can get on top of you, and you don’t know where to turn. This film is a reminder that help is out there, and talking to other people really does help.


There’s Good Stuff You Can Do For Free

When money is tight or you’re saving up, this film gives you some inspiration for things which you can do for free which make you feel good!


How to Decorate

Whether you’ve just moved into a new place or you’re planning a fresh look, it’s important to know how to decorate where you live. This film gives you tips on what to do (and what not to do), and who to ask for help.



It’s Worth Shopping Around

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get really good deals? This film shares tips on how to get the best price on your phone contract.

How to Cook a Meal

Cooking is a really important life skill, especially for young people.  Here are some of Abba’s top tips on how to be a masterchef in the kitchen in no time.



How to care for your hair 

Lele and Benita take you through some of their top tips for how to care for Afro hair, and share some products and techniques you can use to help your hair look and feel great.

Workshops & Resources Pack 

We will run workshops in different children in care settings, sharing these films and working with children currently in care to unpick these topics further.

We also want to share these films with social workers, carers, foster agencies and schools, as a practical resource to aid working with children in care.

We are particularly interested in speaking with social workers and people who work with children in care to help shape this resource pack.

If you’re interested in joining a workshop, or would like to hear more about Things I Wish I’d Known and the resources,  please contact or call 07864642970


Creative Team

Co-created by the Moving On group

Co-created, filmed and edited by Kate Green

Co-created, directed and project management by the Women & Theatre team: Benita Umurerwa, Janice Connolly, Jen Davis, Ty’roneH aughton Jess Pearson, Katie Webster, and Matt Smith

Partners & Funders

Moving On is a 2 year project funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The project runs in partnership with Birmingham Children’ Trust and Birmingham City Council. With thanks to Birmingham Hippodrome.