Foster Care Associates recognises young carer

Foster Care Associates has recognised the efforts of a young carer from the Vale of Glamorgan for the difference he makes to the lives of the children and young people his family fosters.

FCA.jpg (164×88)After being nominated by his mum, Rachel, and his dad, Mark, Jamie, 12, won ‘Young Carer of the Year’ at the annual Foster Care Associates (FCA) Achievement Awards. The family has been fostering with FCA Cymru for three years.

Rachel explained that she had nominated Jamie because of the way he has wholeheartedly accepted the work they do, giving up his free time to support them in caring for the children they look after.

Rachel said: “I’m so proud of Jamie. I think his experience of fostering has made him a very independent, mature and selfless young man. My daughter, Charlie who’s 16, is also incredibly patient with the children we look after.”

Jamie has taken fostering in his stride and explains how looking after vulnerable children is a family affair.

Jamie said: “Mum hadn’t told me she’d nominated me, so I was really surprised to win the award and it felt good to be chosen.

“I’m happy to help mum and dad whenever they need it. When a foster child joins our family I try and make sure they feel welcome, as they are sometimes shy at first.”

It is essential for anyone thinking about fostering as a career to be able to communicate with children and make them feel at home, due to the fact that many looked after children have had a tough start in life and need the support that a caring family can provide. Fostering is a normal part of life for many birth children, requiring the whole family to work together to look after the children who stay with them.

Birth children are the unsung heroes of fostering, and are often integral to maintaining stability within the foster family. They act as a role model and friend to the vulnerable youngsters who stay with them, ensuring the children settle in quickly and feel welcome in the family home. Recognising that fostering affects the whole family, FCA Cymru ensures that birth children are involved in every activity and have their voices heard.

Jamie wasn’t the only one to receive an award, many other young people received recognition for their hard work at the ceremony held by FCA Cymru.

Victor Thomas, regional manager for FCA Cymru commented: “Jamie is an outstanding young man with a positive attitude and a mature head on his shoulders. He won the award because he is always happy to help care for the little ones, never complains when he has to share his parents’ attention and has given up his free time to help paint and decorate rooms for youngsters in care.

“Congratulations Jamie, you’ve done us all proud and you really deserved the recognition.”

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npower Joins Children In Need Fundraising Effort

As Children in Need returns to screens on Friday 16th November, staff at the npower call centre in Burton are gearing up for a busy night.

More than 160 npower employees have volunteered their time to man 96 dedicated phone lines, taking donations throughout the entire live BBC broadcast. This is the second year the team at Burton has been selected as the BBC’s regional call centre for the West Midlands, having taken more than 5,250 calls and £175,000 in donations in 2011.

After last year’s success, npower is doubling the number of dedicated lines and staff will be taking donations from 6.30pm on Friday until 2.00am Saturday.

Last year, more than £9 million was taken in donations by the 55 regional call centres across the UK, which saw Children in Need raise a staggering £26 million on the night.

Paul Walker, contact centre manager for npower in Burton, commented: “We are thrilled to be representing Children in Need again this year, and we have many new and returning volunteers keen to be involved. Many of our volunteers will be finishing a normal working day before hitting the phone lines.

“To get everyone in the fundraising mood and keep them going through the night we will be donning fancy dress, with the theme being ‘back to school’, as well as various other activities and games to raise money. A number of local food outlets have also donated food to keep our volunteers energised through the evening.

“We’ve decided to increase the number of phone lines on the night to ensure that those wishing to contribute to this year’s grand total have an opportunity to do so, and we’re expecting a very busy night.”

The npower team has been building up to the big event on Friday with a range of fundraising activities including dress down days, raffles and quizzes. npower has also pledged to add £5,000 to any money raised by the Burton team for Children in Need.

Paul Walker added: “The response from staff has been amazing, and it’s great that we have this opportunity to use our resources and expertise to support the cause in the best way we can.”

Children in Need is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of children across all of the UK. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, secure and happy and allows them the chance to reach their potential. The charity also provides grants for projects which focus on children and young people.

This year’s live show promises to be bigger and better than ever and every penny raised or donated through call centres like npower’s will go towards helping disadvantaged children in the UK.

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Ticket Relief Teams Up With The AIDS Walk And Run San Diego 2012 As Part Of The “Giving Back” Charity Campaign

The Ticket Relief Online Traffic School and Defensive Driving Course is pleased to announce the success of the next chapter “Giving Back” charity campaign, as the preferred choice for satisfying traffic school on the Internet has joined forces with the organizers of the AIDS Walk And Run San Diego.


Ticket Relief sponsored Gary Lee, a resident of the San Diego area, as he, along with over 8,000 participants, came together at San Diego’s Balboa Park for the 23rd-annual AIDS Walk and Run, the biggest single-day fundraiser to raise money for the various HIV/AIDS organizations that serve the San Diego County area.

“My brother passed away from AIDS in January 1995. I made a promise to walk in his memory and do what I personally could to help those with AIDS/HIV, so they don’t have to suffer like he did,” said Gary Lee. “I am very happy to say that we raised over $1,500 for critical services for those with AIDS/HIV in San Diego County, nearly $500 more than last year. The support from the staff at Ticket Relief has meant a lot to both me and my family.”

The AIDS Walk and Run was founded in 1989, and has raised more than $8.5 million for organizations that help patients with the disease.

“AIDS Walk and Run San Diego makes an enormous difference for the many nonprofit HIV/AIDS service providers that receive much-needed funds, says AIDS Walk San Diego teams coordinator Ian Johnson. “Last year, in partnership with the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, more than $400,000 was distributed to ten community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations. Our goal is to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS and to raise critically needed funds for the San Diego County HIV/AIDS organizations that serve the more than 12,000 San Diegans living with the disease.”

Log on to the official website of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, located athttp://www.TheCenterSD.org) for all of the information on how you can become involved in next year’s AIDS Walk and Run San Diego. The 24th-annual walk/run will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

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Be a Warrior for Chief

Warriors for Chief! “For the Love of a Horse” is collaborating with Georgia Equine Advocates of North Georgia to raise funds for lifesaving surgery for “Chief” a 13 year old Appaloosa rescue horse who has a severe condition called “Osteoarthritis” in his right front pastern. Chief struggles to walk and is essentially three-legged lame. Because of his chronic pain, without the surgery, Chief would have to be euthanized.

Can you say CRAZY?

In this down economy, it is indeed a huge undertaking for anyone, much less little non-profit organizations such as us to raise the estimated $10,000 for Chief’s surgery, isn’t it? All that money for a horse, you say? Well, who is to say that Chief isn’t as deserving as any other horse in need of our help? This is the mission of “For the Love of a Horse” …our way of giving back to the horses who, have throughout history and now given us so much in return. It is because of their beauty, their grace and their loyalty that we champion for them when no one else will.

“For the Love of a Horse” is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax exempt organization comprised of volunteers. We are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines, specifically those with critical-care medical needs who would otherwise be euthanized. Our mission is to provide these equines with a second chance at life and companionship. We also educate the public, through our “Community Outreach Program”, on respect for all animal life and the importance of compassion, commitment and responsibility. Just take a look at how the horses we’ve helped, like Chief, who are giving back to your community by looking at our Community Outreach Program on our website…the pictures say it all.

Please help us, help them! Be a part of the effort to save Chief’s life by contributing to the “Warriors for Chief” Fund at:

FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE

P.O. Box 1526
Roswell, GA 30077
www.fortheloveofahorse.org 
TEL: 678.685.1526

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