Banner image with a sticky note reading "Miles in May 2022! Will you join us?!" and three polaroid photos. 1 shows an older white couple, the second a dog, and the third a young black woman. The polaroids have their names written on them.

A Big "Mile A Day in May" THANK YOU (and more to come!)

We had an incredible time in May with our inaugural “Mile A Day” challenge. 11 people took part and raised over £2000 for SFAC! 

The request was simple: can you walk 1 mile every day through May and raise a bit of cash whilst you’re at it? We had individuals, duos and teams taking part and, between them, they covered an incredible 1500 miles.

 So we just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who donated their miles or their money or both!

This year’s challenge was such a success that we’re already planning a bigger and better version for 2022… 

We’re not quite ready to let you in on all our scheming and dreaming just yet (but we can guarantee it’s going to be great!) but if you think you’d like to be involved in a walking challenge (with options for those who require wheels for their “walking”) add your name and email on this link and we’ll be in touch soon with a sneak peek at what’s coming and some more information for you. 

Individuals, duos and teams, are all welcome. And, if the last 18 months has taught us anything – it’s that a lot of unexpected things could happen between now and next May so signing up now isn’t a firm commitment, just an expression of interest. 

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!

2021 Virtual Virgin Money

London Marathon

Getting active to raise money is a bit of tradition at SFAC – everything from triathlons, marathons, month long running or walking challenges…

And this October the 3rd, three wonderful SFAC Superstars are at it again!

Our wonderful Fundraising Co-ordinator, Hannah, and two of her friends, Nic and Carmen will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge as part of this year’s Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon, all to raise much needed money for our work.

Details on how you can support them coming soon!

If you love moving your body, setting goals and contributing to a good cause, send us an email on info@sfac.org.uk and we can chat about how you could become our newest SFAC Superstar! 🌟✨🌟

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.