When we were planning the awards day, we really wanted to have something special for families to have their photograph in front of. We thought, some massive letters that light up would be perfect for that!!
It’s safe to say that this year is flying by in the blink of an eye. It doesn't seem like that long ago since we had our last awards day but this weekend marked a year since the first event. We met again to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our young people.
Each October, The Fostering Network encourages fostering services across the UK to run events and activities to recognise, thank and reward children and young people for the important role they play in welcoming fostered children into their families.
Wow, where did that month go?!?!? We were so happy to see the start of September…. August is always a funny month for us - because we do not run any training or support groups as families are away on holidays. So it was such a lovely change to have the office back to being busy and full of people. Our training calendar is now back in full swing - if you want to see what we have coming up - go to the carer login.
Roll up, roll up get your hot cakes here! What a spread we managed to put on for the Macmillan coffee morning. We ran ours earlier than the nationwide day - so that it landed on a day where many of our carers were in for training. It was a great day and we raised loads of money for charity - which is what it was all about.
Today is all about attitude - a positive attitude. It's a lot like the ant. When faced with moving a rubber tree plant he thought 'I think I can'. With that in mind, he just knew that everything would go fine from this day forward.
Every few years we update our children's welcome guides. For us, this is not something we wanted to rush. We really wanted to make something totally unique, child focused and most importantly - made by young people.
We have just had our first ‘Next steps’ meeting. What is Next steps? Next steps is a council of carers, care leavers and staff whose goal is to help young people in care achieve and fulfill happy lives.
The office was well overdue a much needed face lift!
We decided that the office needed updating so it was not only nicer for us to work in but also so that when we had young people and carers in, it looked less like a formal office. We wanted it to be inviting and somewhere that you can spend time …
Round up of the month alert! We have had a busy August, a picnic in the park which Seb so eloquently wrote up HERE. Everyone seemed to be on holiday, so the office was really quiet. As I am writing this, we have training on in the office and it is so nice to see carers around the space again.
Come and join us for our Macmillan coffee morning on 10th September for Cake, coffee and fundraising! Bring a few pounds and sample some of our amazing home bakes! You could even bring some of your bakes to sell!
I always love this event! No nonsense just meeting up for a picnic in the park! Bring some sandwiches, bring a football and we spend time with each other. The young people and carers who come love it too.
Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.
Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.
Whether it's watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa - today's under 5s are spending more time online. In this article by Thinkuknow we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.
Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.
A carer has kindly told us about this fab scheme across Greater Manchester. Free bus travel for 16-18 year olds. Check out the website below for more details. We have copied some text from the site to give you some more infom about the scheme below.
Interested in fostering? Come along to our drop-in session at Costa Coffee on Friday 22nd March for an informal chat and to find out more information. We will be there from 10 am until 1 pm. Coffee is on us (coffee emoji).
Location: Costa Coffee, Fox Valley Retail Park, Ford House, Fox Valley Way, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 2AD
Hi all, a lot of you will know that we went to London last week to deliver a speech at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers. The theme of this meeting was lgbt youth in care - a topic we know quite a lot about. Become (the charity for children in care and young care leavers) wrote a wonderful blog after the event, it can be read below…. or by following this link
Hi, as a lot of you already know, we support charities and community groups, with significant charitable donations. These donations are made unconditionally, and do not promote our own commercial interests.
One of the charities we support is Music in Hospitals. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special school, nursing and residential homes.
LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK. Each year, The Proud Trust (who are fabulous) teams up with Schools OUT UK and LGBT History Month to write a simple, easy to use, education and resource pack.
Three Circles Fostering supports other organisations working with children and young people, with significant charitable donations. These donations are made unconditionally, and not to promote our own commercial interests.
Our chosen charities are listed below and can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. This year, we have also raised money for Macmillan cancer support, Children in Need, Save the Children and the Seashells Trust.
We wanted to draw your attention to this fantastic charity. They produce bags for children in care. More often than not, children in care put all their worldly belongings in a bin bag as they move from one place to the next.