Hello! It's time once more for a community round-up. We've had a bit of a longer gap than usual - giving you time off for Christmas, of course - but we'll be resuming our fortnightly schedule from here.
The end of one year and the start of the next is often a time for reflection. A little like a review when we can ask ourselves what has gone well for us, what hasn’t gone so well, what we have achieved, what we could have done differently, and what we hope to achieve in the coming year.
As the calendar year draws to a close, this month’s Attracting and Keeping Carers blog reaches you a little earlier than normal to avoid being lost in the festivities.
I wanted to try and capture what Christmas meant to children in care. I thought the best way to do this was to use their words. Here are some quotes I’ve remembered, happy and sad. I’m sure you have plenty of others. Please share them.
A while ago I shared in my blog the story of a lumberjack. It was the story of an inspiring encounter between a hiker and a lumberjack who was working hard to cut trees with a blunt saw.
Surrey has been organising outdoor days for foster families and social work staff over the last year. These activity days provide a good day out and a way of “growing together” through a common third activity.
Hello, I’m Christophe and I’m 17 years old. After finishing my GCSE’s, I’m currently at Sixth Form studying Government & Politics, Law and English Literature. I personally feel education and knowledge is an important necessity that opens a wide range of doors.
A foster carer shares his views on using the four-stage reviewing cycle in supervision in Hackney.
Gwendolyn Porter by Edith, aged 10
The First of Many Things by Chantelle, aged 9
At first I felt lonely, I didn't know my place, but all I had to do was look at my foster mum’s cheery face. It was the most beautiful face I had ever seen, I had never seen one more lovable.