During these difficult times our dedicated teams are working around the clock to continue looking after our young people. To facilitate social distancing, our office based support staff will be working from home wherever possible and can be contacted using the numbers on our Contact Us page. We are still reviewing all referrals, offering placements where relevant, and planning for young people to move into our homes where it is safe to do so. Despite the challenges we all face during these testing times, we are committed to supporting you and our young people.
Each week we have been setting challenges and competitions for our young people and the latest competition was to design a COVID-19 poster. These were the joint winners - one from each of our regions.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and this year celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday 22 April. On this day, events took place worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to raise awareness and appreciation for the environment and our natural surroundings.
To mark the occasion, one of our homes undertook a range of activities including planting vegetables and herbs, filling tubs with flowers to attract bees and other insects, providing seed for the birds and not least baking Earth themed cakes.
These are some of the ongoing changes they are implementing within the home to help the environment:
Check out the photos of some of the activities below.
The pizzas were on us on Friday as a special treat to all our care staff and young people for coping so well during these difficult times.
We're so proud of you!
Each week we are setting tasks and challenges for our homes and the winner receives a prize which goes into their home prize fund. Over the holiday period, we set our young people an Easter challenge of producing a "display" in a format of their choice. Check out this great Easter display created by the young people in one of our Staffordshire homes, and the lovely array of Easter cards below.
One of our homes kicked off the coronavirus kindness by distributing boxes of goodies for other homes and office staff to enjoy - which went down a treat!
Most of our young people have adjusted quickly to the new social distancing rules. Many have taken an active role in supporting their local community during these difficult times and 2 young people have even gone as far as donating their pocket money to purchase and distribute provisions within their local community. Well done to them for this admirable gesture!
Another young person delivered a kindness card to an elderly neighbour and was rewarded with a home baked cake as a mark of appreciation.
Many homes have an aroma of fresh baking and one young person made a carrot cake for all to share, whilst others have assisted with the painting and decorating.
Below is an activity wall which the young people have started to put together to brighten up their home.