Our extemely successful conference has been concluded at Marriott Waltham Abbey, which was signed off with an incredibly powerful and personal training session from Scott from Section 31 training
We also raised money raised for our Sponsored Charity Teddington Trust, and had a great evening dinner and a bit of a dance!
We can't believe another year's conference has been and gone! It was another fantastic year for us to grow, learn and reflect on the last 12 months. Thank you to everyone who came and gave it everything. We always have so much fun when we do!
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 organised our Men in Foster Care morning this morning.
We spent a fantastic time clay pigeon shooting at Copfurn Shooting Ground and it was such a fantastic opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better and for everyone to share their experiences of fostering with one another. Whilst we had mixed success at shooting, Barry was the group's deadshot! Well done Barry!
The end of day group shot
Getting into the shoot
PM John looking the part!
Terry showing how it's done
Award for Rob
Creating new friendships and lasting memories.
Today has been spent reflecting on our latest activity holiday that came to an end yesterday. This year, we took more than 20 young people to Alton Towers for three days. 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.
Riding the Pirate Ship!!
Getting sea sick
Riding the River Rapids
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".
Voices Chessington Trip
Voices Designed Logo
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.
Learn more about P2P
Empowering young people
A well earned cool off
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 Southend’s Adventure Island in May this year, and Diggerland at the end of last year. These days let them let their hair down and we are delighted to treat them!