During these difficult times our dedicated teams are working around the clock to continue looking after our young people. To facilitate social distancing, our office based support staff will be working from home wherever possible and can be contacted using the numbers on our Contact Us page. We are still reviewing all referrals, offering placements where relevant, and planning for young people to move into our homes where it is safe to do so. Despite the challenges we all face during these testing times, we are committed to supporting you and our young people.
Last week we challenged our homes to bake the biggest cake and the competition was fierce. We decided to nominate 2 joint winners - one in our North and one in our South region. Check out the masterpieces below - and they tasted good too!
As well as the bunting and celebrations around our homes on VE day, staff and young people took a quiet moment to reflect on what people did to help Britain bring the conflict to an end 75 years ago and to express their gratitude. There were plenty of very British afternoon teas to share and one of our Bedfordshire homes even started off the day by delivering cream teas to other homes. What a lovely gesture!
The young people at another of our homes sat outside with neighbours (whilst observing social distancing, of course) and raised a glass of non-alcoholic fizz when the church bells rang out. The young people enjoyed participating in the event and went for a stroll through the village to see all of the beautiful decorations.
In true "make do and mend" style, homes made their own bunting and enjoyed BBQs, coffee, cakes and lots of fun outdoors.
For the Mexican celebration of Cinco De Mayo, one of our homes whipped up a Mexican feast including loaded nachos and shredded chicken and vegetarian Chimichangas, which went down so well that they are likely to become a regular feature on the home's menu.
Talking of which, the staff in the home are busy selecting the best recipes and creating recipe books for the young people, which we are sure will come in useful when they take their next steps towards independence. The books are filled with their favourite dishes and will remind them of the family traditions we have established with them.