August saw us return to Alton Towers again! Our young people are given a choice of where to go on our annual holiday, and they always pick Alton Towers!
Improving mental health and confidence through mentoring - Spring 2022
The well-respected Role Models organisation have been in to run two great workshops for our young people! The topics and focuses of these workshops were designed around the feedback we received from our Voices Group. The sessions were a great success and the feedback we received from our young people was very positive, you can read about it in our follow-up blog.
Men in Foster Care Training and Activity September 2021
September saw our first face to face men in foster care session held at The Wright Event in Kent. A great morning training session on Safer Care by Scott from Social Care Training Solutions before a BBQ lunch and an afternoon on Quad bikes - it was a brilliant day and we thoroughly appreciate the input from our male foster carers, thanks for a great event!
Annual Young People's Holiday to Alton Towers - August 2021!
Creating new friendships and lasting memories.
August saw us back doing our Annual Young People's holiday - This three-day and two-night trip was again chosen by our young person's council group "Voices" to happen at Alton Towers! This year we took over 30 young people with us!
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!
August saw us take a group of almost 30 young people to "The Beach Bluewater", where, although the weather was a bit and miss, our young people had a great time in the water splashing about, zorbing and going on the funfair rides! This event gives the chance to meet other young people and Affinity staff who will be attending our Activity Holiday at Alton Towers, to help build rapport and establish relationships. It was a great time for all and left everyone looking forward to the holiday!
GETTING SEA SICK!
Lincolnshire and Kent Affinity Family Days Out Summer 2021
August saw the beginning of being able to return to "normal" and we didn't waste any time in doing so! A visit of over 30 people from the Affinity family descended on Kent Life Heritage Farm Park in August, followed a few days later with another Affinity family group attending Tattershall Farm Park in south Lincolnshire the same week! It was great to see everyone there and catch up face to face whilst the children had a great time on the activities and seeing all the animals. Thank you to everyone who took part and for the great photos!
Following our brilliant lockdown Craft Days, in August we held our first face to face session which was a great success! Our young people got to make their own plant pots, pain them with water proof paint (needed this summer!) and plant their own flowers to take home. It was a great success all round, well done to Izzy and Vicky for organising the day, and to the oyung people who made such great pots!
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!
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
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!
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".
Why Affinity are the best agency for new foster carers
Affinity Fostering were rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2022. 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