News in Brief – Vol 3 (Feb 2021)

Our second international ๐ŸŒ Protective Behaviours Foundation Level course is getting underway next week. 

We were really excited to have people joining us from 10 different countries for our first course back in September. Participants learnt how to help themselves and others recognise when they’re not feeling safe and how to take action so they can feel safe again.

This TED talk by Stacey Mason shows just how powerful the Protective Behaviours process can be. If you’ve got a spare 18 minutes Stacey’s story is well worth every one.


How are your interview skills?!ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Mick is getting the hang of this media thing now he’s a published author (of a book that will soon be celebrating it’s second birthday!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) He recently spoke with Mark Longbottom of the Purposely Podcast.

Keep an eye ๐Ÿ‘ on our posts for the link when the episode goes live. We know it will be worth a listen ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝ

In the meantime you can still grab your copy of the book at www.childrenbelonginfamilies.net (and hereโ€™s a little insider exclusive ๐Ÿ™Š for anyone who reads this farโ€ฆ all going well, it will soon be available on the SFAC website!!)


Can you run 26 miles?! The SFAC โœจ Superstars โœจ are at it again!

And there seems to be a theme – if your name starts with R then you run! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธHard on the heels of Rob’s September running success Ranjit snuck in an unofficial Virtual London Marathon run through Yorkshire on the weekend. As you do!!

Huge congratulations to Ranjit for making it the whole way after recent injury put the day in doubt. And for raising over ยฃ1000 in the process – another amazing effort! ๐Ÿ’ท

We are only able to do what we do because of people like you, Ranjit – thank you! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Did you know that if you use this link when you shop on Amazon SFAC will receive 0.5% of your total spend?!

Once you’ve clicked through, just shop as normal knowing your purchases are also helping us to keep educating, equipping and empowering adults all over the world so the children they care for can thrive!

Every penny makes a difference!


๐Ÿฅณ We have a Winner! ๐Ÿฅณ

Huge congratulations to Erin who was one of 13 people to get all 10 flags correct in our flag quiz last October. Erin won a new laptop cover handmade by survivors of sex trafficking in India.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and well done to those who got all ten right ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป We’re going to try and make this a regular thing so keep an eye out for some new quiz questions in a few months time.

We have photo evidence of the draw which was kindly conducted by our tree surgeon ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ˜ should anyone require it!

A huge thank you also goes to all the quiz lovers amongst you who joined us for our first ever Virtual Quiz Night in November. We raised over ยฃ700 and the Quiz Master was very pleased!

 

 


Is November peak conference season?! ๐Ÿค”

The inability to travel certainly hasn’t slowed things down recently…

This month Mick has spoken to Rising Tides in the US ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท and India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ and Dan with World Without Orphans, Europe.

It’s exciting to have so many opportunities to talk to professionals and to donors about how to support children so they have somewhere to be and feel safe and somewhere to belong so they have the best chance to thrive.

Do you have an event coming up that you’d like us to speak at? Drop us a line at ๐Ÿ“ง info@sfac.org.uk


“Granny Specialist” – is this the best job title ever?!?

Huge congrats to Cathrine on her new role supporting grandparents involved in providing kinship and foster care to vulnerable children in their families and communities.

She is a member of our new advisory group and we’re very excited to have her on board. Cathrine is from Zimbabwe who has worked with SFAC in South Africa.

She set up an informal foster care programme in South Africa whilst working in a children’s home and will bring us insight and wisdom from both experiences.

Cathrine is motivated by seeing the positive impact on childrenโ€™s lives and the success stories as they transition into adulthood. “When the children remember years later how you have impacted their lives, it motivates me to do better each time.”

You can read more about our advisory group and meet the other members in the About Us section of our website.


And, if you’re reading this, you might have already guessed our last piece of news for this edition… We have a new website!!! It’s very much a work in progress but we’d love for you to head over to the home page and have a look around.