Three polaroid photos of people walking. The first is taken from behind and shows a woman in a head scarf next to a child walking towards a town, the middle one shows some feet in converse shoes walking along a wooden bridge and the third shows a person with black hair and a red cap striding across a pedestrian crossing with palm trees and cars in the background

"A Mile A Day in May" Fundraising Challenge

Could you walk (or jog/run/amble!) a Mile a Day in May so children all over the world can thrive?

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

As part of our International Day of Families celebrations this May we’re inviting you to join us for some fresh air and gentle exercise to raise some much-needed funds for SFAC. 

So how does it work?

  1. Commit to the challenge of walking (jogging/running/ambling) one mile every day throughout May and invite your nearest and dearest to join you!
  2. Set up a fundraising page and choose SFAC as your chosen charity at Virgin Money Giving
  3. Spread the word! Share with your networks so that we can turn pennies into pounds and pounds into ‘great practise.’ 

 

This is the first time we’re dipping our toes into collective fundraising waters so thank you for your support! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hannah at info@sfac.org.uk 

Prefer to cover your miles all in one go?! 

Read on – this next opportunity might be just the one for you!

Disclaimer: Participation in SFAC’s A Mile A Day in May challenge is at your own risk and assessment of your health. SFAC cannot accept any liability for loss, damage or injury as a result of your fundraising activities. SFAC’s insurance does not cover property or personal liability for any injury to you or anyone else who participates with you. You confirm that, to the best of your knowledge, your general state of health and fitness is good, and you take full responsibility for your training. You take part in this event at your own risk.

Three polaroid images of SFAC Super Stars mid marathon. From left to right, Rob running through fields, Ranjit running down a road, and Hannah handing out high fives to her supporters along the way!

Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon

Be a part of our marathon effort for SFAC!

This year we’re really taking our fundraising to new lengths (get it 😉) with three places in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon.

We’re looking for super-striders, amazing-amblers and ready-runners to complete this challenge and raise some funds for our wonderful charity.

“No way Jose!” I hear you say!

It’s too far!

Well let me set your mind to rest 🙂 This is ‘your run, your way’ and you can complete it in as much time as you need to between 0.01 am and 23.59pm (GMT) on Sunday 3rd October from anywhere in the world.

You really can walk, run, jog, or amble anywhere at any time which means so many more of us have the opportunity to take up this amazing challenge.

I can’t possibly fit in the training!

There are myriads of resources and plans available through VMLM to make sure you have a plan which can fit nicely around your work, family commitments, and fitness goals. Be kind to yourself and start by being realistic with where you’re at and what you want to achieve.

I don’t know enough people to raise enough money!

We would love you to raise funds, and we’re certain that you have a community of people who believe in you…. But we’re not setting any major targets. The entry fee is £28 per place (£38  if you’re not UK-based) and, after that, if you can raise hundreds or thousands, we can put every penny of it to good use. 

If you would like to take up one of these places and represent SFAC in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon, please contact info@sfac.org.uk 

Disclaimer: Participation in the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon is at your own risk and assessment of your health. SFAC cannot accept any liability for loss, damage or injury as a result of your fundraising activities. SFAC’s insurance does not cover property or personal liability for any injury to you or anyone else who participates with you. You confirm that, to the best of your knowledge, your general state of health and fitness is good, and you take full responsibility for your training. You take part in this event at your own risk.

Looking for a Speaker? We've got you covered!

Whether you’d like to understand more about why children are more likely to thrive in safe families rather than orphanages or want some tips on how to help you and those you care for thrive – we have a speaker for you!

From conferences to book clubs and faith communities we’d love to come and speak to you and your people. Below you’ll find some examples of where we’ve spoken and the topics we can cover. You’ll also find some brief bios for our main speakers so you can decide who might best fit your needs.

Mick

Is the founder and president of SFAC. From coal miner to social worker, and after 30 years working for Leeds City Council (and he couldn’t be prouder!) Mick established the charity so that children across the world would benefit from sound social work and therapeutic practises. He couldn’t watch kids being treated with any less dignity and care than his own children and grandchildren. He is a global name within the sector and following the successful publication of his story, “Children Belong In Families,” he talks with tenderness and experience about the journey which is leading to global change.

 

Caitlin

Is a qualified psychologist and trauma therapist who has worked with vulnerable children and their carers across the world. She has an incredible gift for presenting complex ideas in beautifully simple, visual ways. Her passion is to make psychology accessible and applicable to everyone, wherever they are and whatever their education. She will illustrate the whys and hows of what we do and you will hear practical tips on how to care for others and yourself in the process.

 

Dan

Is an award-winning social worker and dyed-in-the-wool Cobblers fan (that’s Northampton Town Football Club to those not in the know!). Having worked for Cafcass and the Local Authority, he’s now SFAC’s CEO and Head of Training. You will hear a  compassionate and experienced overview of how children are cared for and protected around the world – the good, the bad and the ugly! He’ll also outline current challenges and the solutions SFAC and our peers are working towards so vulnerable children can thrive.

 

Conferences

SFAC has contributed to international conferences in Brazil, Paraguay, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Europe 

Community and Faith Groups

We can talk about 

  • how to best care for vulnerable children

  • why there is a move away from orphanage and institutional care, 

  • what that means and what the alternatives are, 

  • how people can best support the process. 

Book Clubs

If you’ve never entertained the author, what better time to start than today?! After your group has finished reading his book;  Children Belong In Families, you can invite Mick to join you for a Q&A. We find this works really well with professionals, students and faith organizations, alike.