We invest in our young people and foster carer families to help everyone succeed in enhancing and empowering young lives. Below are a selection of our recent events.
Young People's Training with Become Charity February 2020.
Our young people enjoyed a brilliant morning's training with Become on Children's Rights and matters important to them. It was a really informative and insightful session, which ensures our young people are informed and empowered. After a big lunch, they got stuck into something completely different, Laser Tag, as requested by the young people themselves. Everyone had a great day, and a big thank you to Become! More training is being delivered to our young people again in April in Lincolnshire- we're looking forward to it!
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Affinity Foster Carers Conference
Our 5th annual Foster Carer’s conference at Marriott Waltham Abbey! Our latest conference saw our Foster Carers enjoy 2 days of inspiring training, and a great evening Christmas 3 course meal, 70’s fancy dress and entertainment from an ABBA tribute act and our own karaoke!
We had brilliant input from Scott from Social Care Training Solutions on Understanding Trauma and Barry from Intqal-Pro delivered Cyber Security, Prevent and Safeguarding Training. The following day Young Lives Foundation with a looked-after-young person spoke on Advocacy and Children’s Rights.
It was a brilliant couple of days, and we all had a great time learning and enjoying each other’s company! Looking forward to next year’s already and thanks to everyone for coming!
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Our Voices group Campaign Success!
Our Voices Group, after working with Become charity through their brilliant Passport To Parliament project, embarked on their own campaign facilitated by Affinity, creating a video close to their heart, which you can see here. They then wrote to Nadhim Zahawi MP, and he replied with a very supportive letter . Through Nadhim Zahawi, the Department for Education disseminated the video and letter to the recognised National IRO Members Partnership (NIROMP), who have made it a centrepiece for their website and are ensuring all IRO's are aware of the important message. This is a great example of our young people empowered to facilitate change for them and all young people in foster care. We're incredibly proud of them! Read more on this on our Blog
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Alton Towers Trips
Creating new friendships and lasting memories.
This year, we took our largest group yet on our annual young persons holiday- 28! This Alton Towers, three-day and two-night trip was chosen by our young person's group Voices (see below). The trip was an opportunity for our young people to get to know each other better, get a little time away from home and to have a lot of fun!
Our activity holidays are also time for our foster carers to get some respite.
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Men In Foster Care Sessions
At Affinity, we realise the important role our male foster carers play in the lives of the young people in their care, which is why we organise our Men in Foster Care events.
Our latest event was in Lincolnshire- Andy our Assistant Director, Greg our Practice Manager and Johnson our Senior Supervising Social Worker were also all there, and Johnson ran a very well-received morning's training session, which was followed by lunch and some fun afternoon activities!
Quad Biking fun
Mixed results at archery!
Birth Children Days Out
Birth children, whose parents foster, play such an important role in accepting other young people into their family and their home. At Affinity, we like to treat birth children to fun days out, just like we do with young people in our care. It's so important to us that they know they're a part of the Affinity family.
We enjoyed taking some of our carer's birth children to Pirate Cove Adventure Park in Kent, and Ten Pin Bowling in Lincolnshire in May this year. These days let them let their hair down and we are delighted to treat them and receive valuable feedback about their fostering experiences!
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Adults being thoroughly outplayed!
Affinity coordinate a Young People’s Participation group, which they themselves named “Voices”. This group, made up of volunteers from Affinity’s Young People, has been established to help vocalise their thoughts, feelings and ideas.
This brilliant group also helps Affinity with new projects and activities, and are currently working on a video for our foster carers called “The child behind the referral".
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Become Charity's Passport to Parliament Project is an outreach project empowering looked after children and care leavers to be agents of change, in their own lives and within the care system.
Affinity’s young people took part in multiple sessions to boost their confidence and give them a sense of empowerment by connecting them to decision makers and to a wider community of care-experienced young people facing similar issues. Learn more about the project below.