September 9, 2019 10:19 pm, .
Verve has been busy over the summer by pitching up with our Armed Forces in local recruitment events alongside of the Salford Veterans Breakfast Club CIC. Verve has a deep association with our Armed Forces, our Fostering Ambassador Claire Marie Street is a Director of this wonderful CIC and is herself a veteran of the Armed Forces. Verve Director Steve Jones is a Veteran of the Armed Forces having served in the Royal Corp of Transport.
There are many Armed Force Veterans who have become Foster parents to vulnerable children in our communities. They are providing stability in a safe and loving home when these children need it the most. Often, the reply when asked what their motivation is to becoming Foster carers is to ‘Give something back’.
We say ‘Thank you’ when you have given so much already!
There are many veteran’s of the Armed Forces who were themselves in care as children. I know of many people who joined up to the Armed Forces as a way of getting away from a difficult home life.
However, serving in the Forces has led to strong friendships and bonds of attachment being formed. Many of these friendships have stayed with them throughout their lives, and have made a positive impact on their families lives.
Our events are not aimed just at recruiting potential Foster carers. They are a way we can say ‘Thank You’ to Veterans and their families in our communities for all they have sacrificed to keep us safe. These events enable us to raise funds in supporting the Salford Veterans Breakfast Club CIC to keep the club going. The events have raised funds to enable the Breakfast club to provide Xmas hampers for Veterans who live alone, bringing seasonal cheer to them. We say ‘Thank you’ to the dedication of the wonderful men and women that manage and support Breakfast clubs everywhere.
Inspiring young minds and sharing stories!
Verve are working in partnership with Broughton House in Bury to involve children and young people within our Veteran community. They have offered an invitation to the children and their carers from the Not for Profit Fostering charities to join them and share their hospitality.
The children will have the opportunity to meet the Veterans and hear their stories, to meet with the wonderful D Day veterans including George Simms, aged 93, and other Veterans from the Breakfast Club, which include Ken Johnstone and Owen Hammond and many others.
Together, they will share their own stories and their exploits with the children, to inspire them and make children feel that they are valued and welcomed into the Armed Forces community and their Veteran family. We want children to engage with our Veterans, to help them to understand the unique role the Armed Forces have played in our history, and to share our pride we feel for them.
The importance of a good Breakfast Club!
The Breakfast Club is a place to meet up, eat together and share banter, to many it is the highlight of their week especially among the elderly and vulnerable veterans. It is a place where there is a feeling of belonging, of being welcome with a community who have shared vision and support for each other.
Verve work together with Not for Profit Fostering charities. The ethos is wherever possible to return children back to their own families. These charities provide valuable support networks to children and their families and every penny profit that they make is re-invested back into their vital support services for our communities.
If you would like more information on Fostering or Supported Lodgings contact us on the link below ‘ Become a Carer’. We would love to chat with you and share information, it’s free and there is no obligation. Thank you!