This issue features:
- DO something - raise money for our work in as many different ways as you can think of
- Our annual Edward Rudolf Lecture - what was discussed at the lecture
- Sweet Treats - satisfy your sweet tooth and donate to us all at the same time
- Historic changes for young carers - young carers will no longer be hidden from view
- Without you it wouldn’t be Fair and Square - free school meals for school children
- Investing in volunteers - we've been recognised for our work with volunteers
- Christingle celebrations light up young lives - see how you can run a Christingle event, post Christmas
- Who Benefits? - read stories shared by benefits recipients
- Supporter survey prizewinners - the winners are announced
- Care arrangements for trafficked children - what the forthcoming Modern Slavery Bill means for trafficked children
- Say something if you see something - we launched a toolkit to help hotel staff identify and tackle child sexual exploitation
- Buy a Real Easter Egg this year - this year buy an Egg that mentions real story of Easter
Our new fundraising initiative ‘DO something’ launches next month (February 2014) with the aim of inspiring as many people as possible to raise money for our work in as many different ways as they can think of.
We’ve created ‘The DO-ers guide to doing’, which is full of ideas to encourage people to organise their own fundraising event on our behalf. Whether you want to go-it- alone or enlist the help of your family, friends and community, suggestions in the guide include such diverse events as a car wash, dinner party, 70s-style disco, quiz and a karaoke evening.
A range of resources has been produced to accompany the guide and to help you tailor your event: from balloons and posters, to invites and sponsorship forms.
We’re doing all we can to help children living in poverty and at risk of serious harm.
What will you DO?
Please register for your free DO-ers guide or call our Supporter Care team on 0300 303 7000.
‘What’s theology got to do with children’s welfare?’ asked Canon Dr Angus Ritchie, Director of the Contextual Theology Centre, in our seventh annual Edward Rudolf Lecture held towards the end of last year.
The Children’s Society is working in partnership with Sweet Treat Donations to distribute and sell a range of sweet and savoury snacks, supplied in our own- branded honesty boxes. So far we have franchisees in Surrey, Kent, Southport, Liverpool, Manchester and Leicestershire.
We’re delighted with the government’s decision to extend free school meals to all children aged 5–7 years old.
This is a significant step forward for our Fair and Square campaign and means that, from September 2014, 1.4 million more children will get a free school meal – including 200,000 children living in poverty.
Our grateful thanks goes to everyone who supported our Fair and Square campaign.
This important financial support of £400 per child will not only lift 25,000 children out of poverty but also means that children seeking asylum may now, for the first time, get a hot meal every day.
Volunteers have always been vital to our work and, for a long time, we’ve known that we have an inspirational and powerful volunteering programme.
Now the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has recognised this by awarding us the prestigious Investing in Volunteers accreditation last October. This highlights the quality of volunteer involvement across The Children’s Society and the impact it has on what we do.
The accreditation, which involved 195 face-to-face and telephone interviews with our volunteers across the country, tells us and all of the partners and communities we work with, that we have a volunteering programme which meets the very highest standards. It highlights that our volunteers go through a robust recruitment procedure, have a full induction and training and are recognised for their incredible efforts.
Matthew Reed, our Chief Executive, said:
‘The accreditation confirms that our volunteers feel engaged with the charity, are proud to volunteer for us and feel a part of our mission. We, in turn, are equally proud of them.’
So, a huge thank you to the tens of thousands of you who share your time, energy and skills to support our work. Without you, we quite simply couldn’t change the lives of the children, young people and families that we do.
Find out more about other ways to get involved in volunteering for us
Thousands of Christingle celebrations took place all over the country and even further afield at the end of last year. We’re very grateful to everyone who organised or attended a Christingle. The amazing total raised so far is already helping to light up the lives of children and young people suffering through poverty and neglect.
Events will be happening into February, so please keep up your support for Christingle.
You’ll be in good company too, as TV personalities Alan Titchmarsh, Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford have all lent us their support over the Christingle season.
Find out more about Christingle and where your local celebrations are taking place
Thanks to the thousands of supporters who completed the Supporter Survey enclosed with the autumn issue of Voice.
The winners were: (postal) Mr P Nash, Gloucestershire, 1st; Miss E Skinner, Avon, 2nd; Mrs C Gulliver, Berkshire, 3rd; (digital) Reverend E Shearcroft, London, 1st; Mr G Owenson, Fife, 2nd; Mrs J Boyle, Oxfordshire, 3rd.