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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