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 both under lockdowns and during more normal times!
Big Chef Little Chef with Kent Cookery School
Our first 2 virtual Cooking class events took place in half-term with expert tuition from a proper chef! Kent Cookery School were fab instructors, delivering sessions from their own chef's kitchen. With children doing most of the cooking (whilst supervised) and the results were some delicious meals created for the whole family. The feedback has been super positive and we're looking forward to booking some more exciting classes in the next holidays. Well done to everyone who took part and for the great photos of your meals!
A proper chef!
Hard at prep
Delicious Veggie Chilli
Craft Days during Lockdown
We haven't let the run of national lockdown's dampen our creative spirits, and we have held numerous virtual craft days for all our young people recently. Sessions varied from making decorative cards, their own robots and jet packs, and decorations for Halloween and Christmas!
We have had some great designs and items made, and items made that were then gifted to our foster carers, which was lovely. Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to more to come!
Summer Pot of Gold
In normal times, we provide a "Pot of Gold" to everyone young person with Affinity for Summer days of fun, to be used for brilliant things like outdoor activities, trips on speedboats, horse riding lessons and loads more.
Lockdown and a muted summer of available activities haven't stopped this great provision, with the money still being made available, for items keep the whole family entertained over the lockdown period, either in the home, the garden or enjoying great activities when restrictions allowed!
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
Becomes Passport to Parliament
Annual Young People's Holidays!
Creating new friendships and lasting memories.
In normal times, we take a group of young people away on our annual young persons holiday, and the most recent was Alton Towers! This three-day and two-night trip was chosen by our young person's group Voices (see below). These trips are 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, and we're desperately looking forward to being able to offer this again!
Where are we?
That Looks high....
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 (in normal times) 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.
Recently, these trips have included Pirate Cove Adventure Park in Kent and Ten Pin Bowling in Lincolnshire. These days let them let their hair down and we are delighted to treat them and receive valuable feedback about their fostering experiences! We're looking forward to being able to hold these days again!
Shall we go in??
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".
Voices Chessington Trip
Voices Designed Logo
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Why Affinity are the best agency for new foster carers
Affinity Fostering were rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017. In-fact we’ve been rated Outstanding in every inspection since we opened our agency!
"The support has been fantastic. The training has been great and the events (birth children days out/ Halloween events) have been great. I feel part of the Affinity family which is lovely.” - Affinity foster carer
"A huge thank you for everything Affinity have done and continue to do. The support they provide and the kind gestures make me feel so valued as a foster carer, they genuinely are the best company I have ever worked for" - Affinity foster carer
"Children receive help, support and encouragement to take part in a broad range of exciting social activities, interests and leisure pursuits. An annual holiday for the children, accompanied by staff, ensures the bond with the agency endures" - Ofsted