Ex-resident and now a support worker with YPACF, went along with the manager to visit and
up-date one of our Biggest supporters this week… KPMG
Lynn and Victoria were delighted to meet this young man, as they have helped to support him and others for the past few years.
Suletman was pleased to tell them he had really enjoyed all of the generous and lovely Christmas presents he has received over the years and how much he will miss the excitement this year! They have however promised him a box of his favourite chocolates for doing so well…
We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated gifts for the Young People this Christmas, the excitement and smiles on their faces on Christmas morning said it all.
We also want to say a big thank you to KPMG, AWE, Barclays Bank (Thatcham) and Sarah Donegan and her family, for the great donations of Christmas Gifts and for all your support through out the year.
Lynn from KPMG very kindly gave Christmas presents to Lorraine our Operations Manager for our young people ready for Christmas. We are very grateful to all of the staff at KPMG who very kindly donated to these gifts so Christmas can be enjoyed by our 4 young people who live in Cornerstone.
We were invited to be at KPMG with our advertising board during the workers dinner break to meet the staff. They paid for a new kitchen last year for our charity house. This year so far they have very kindly collected over £600 to buy Christmas presents for our 4 young people who live in the house. We want to say a big thank you to everyone there.
Our Young People are soon to be taught the tricks of the trade at Michelin star restaurant Woodspeen in Newbury, Berkshire
Cooking fresh and healthy meals is a vital life skill for independent living and is a core part of our development programme that our young people undertake as they transition from foster care to adults. John Campbell, who opened the WoodSpeen restaurant located in Speen, Newbury, in 2014, will be providing our young people with two cookery sessions. This will give them an amazing opportunity to learn from a top chef! We are so grateful to John for giving such valuable time to support us and our Young People are really looking forward to meeting you, and learning from you, in May.
You can read more about this here in Newbury Today online.
Also a very big thank you to all of our supporters, especially KPMG, who have helped us to fund a new kitchen so that our young people have a pleasant environment to practice and use their new skills.
Improving outcomes for children in care will form part of an “all out assault on poverty” by government, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday, Cameron said children growing up in the care system are “almost guaranteed to live in poverty”. He pointed to the fact that 84 per cent leave school without five good GCSEs, 70 per cent of prostitutes were once in care, and care leavers are four times more likely to commit suicide than anyone else. “These children are in our care; we, the state, are their parents – and what are we setting them up for? The dole, the streets, an early grave?,” he said. “This shames our country and we will put it right.” See more at:
Did you know that each year 80,000 young people aged 16-25 experience homelessness:
On Thursday 24 September, the government published the statutory homelessness statistics for England for the second quarter of 2015. Find the full homelessness statistics here:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/463017/201506_Statutory_Homelessness.pdf
How to be a foster carer: 'We slowly grasped the trauma of their short lives'. If you are interested in fostering, then this is a fascinating insight into the benefits and challenges.
http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2015/oct/07/how-to-be-a-foster-carer-we-slowly-grasped-the-trauma-of-their-short-lives (added 8-10-15).
Care leavers should receive support according to their needs rather than their age or whether they are in education or training, MPs have heard. England's Department for Education permanent secretary Chris Wormald told the Commons Public Accounts Committee those in education or training were entitled to support until they were 25. But for other care leavers, this entitlement ended at 21. And this "anomaly" meant the most vulnerable had the least support.
A new framework aimed at improving the accommodation available for care leavers has been launched. In a bid to prevent homelessness among care leavers – who make up 30% of the homeless population – the framework sets out what local authorities should do to help young people comfortably into after-care accommodation. Added 6-10-15. For full article see
Tombola donations: we URGENTLY require donations of unwanted gifts and other items suitable for a tombola to be held on Friday 8th October at Waitrose Newbury. All proceeds to be shared between us and Loose Ends, another local charity supporting homeless. Added 6-10-15
Newbury Christadelphians: congregation members have kindly collected £180.06 for us. This is the latest of several donations over the last 18 months from this small local church community. We are very grateful for their on-going support and a thank-you letter has been sent, as usual. Added 6-10-15.
Donation thanks: we have received a donation of £250 from a gentleman who would like to remain anonymous but who sees daily the value of our work. Thank you for this kindness. Added 6-10-15.
Two new residents: Two young ladies moved into Cornerstone yesterday. We hope that both young ladies will be very happy with us and make the most of our opportunities. Added 6-10-15.
Do you have a small spare flat-screen TV? We are looking for two small flat screen TVs for our two new residents so that all our residents can have some privacy of an evening to watch TV in their own rooms. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01635-500849 to arrange donation. Added 6-10-15
Kitchen dishes: as Cornerstone residents are all doing a fair amount of cooking the oven dishes have been taking a beating to the point that they were no longer hygienic. So we are on the lookout for Pyrex or earthenware dishes (rectangular preferably) of the type that can be used for pasta bakes, lasagne, crumbles etc. A range of sizes but particularly larger ones would be given a good home at Cornerstone. Also, we could do with a replacement food waste caddy for the kitchen as the current one has a broken hinge – does anyone have a spare they could donate?
Welcome Catherine: Catherine is our newest volunteer and is helping us keep our personnel records in order. She is an experienced administrator and works as a Parish Clerk. She will be coming into the office at least once a week for a few hours to help out. Welcome to the team! (added 5-10-15).
Donation thanks: a big thank you to Biddy & David for taking the time to drop a box of toys into us this morning to sell on our stand. They heard about our work from the Southby's allotment open day we attended and wanted to help. (added 5-10-15)
Pitch to the Panel: unfortunately we have not been short-listed to present our project at the Dragon's Den-style evening arranged by Greenham Common Trust on Thursday 12th Nov. However, our proposal is still open on Findmeagrant if you wishto donate. https://www.findmeagrant.org/wberks/payment/paymentform.aspx?appid=5dc422a5-320b-4516-be8d-6d7ad3676bef Added 5-10-15
Freecakenewbury: huge thanks to Anna for the amazing cake she has made for our longest-standing resident who is celebrating his 24th birthday. As a keen gardener, he was quite literally overwhelmed with his cake and thought Anna was just so clever to make it - and told her so. We all agree. Isn't it just the best cake ever?
Julie Burch Book-keeping: we are very excited to have Julie's help as a volunteer. Julie is helping us instate Quickbooks as our accounting system and we can't tell you how grateful we are for her help! If you need a book-keeper, you will find Julie at www.jburchbookkeeping.co.uk (added 5-10-15)
KPMG donation: thanks once again to the fund-raising committee at KPMG for all their hard work. They have raised a further £1,800 for our coffers. This will be used for general running costs. Added 5-10-15.
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