Within each of our Homes we recognise the importance of being part of the local community. This not only helps the young people in our Homes to feel welcomed and settled; it also enables us to use our experiences, skills and resources to support community projects and good causes.
Alongside annual donations to support vulnerable members of the local community, we also sponsor local football teams and village events.
We readily complete activities’ in the Homes, for example teaching young people to bake delicious cakes, which we then sell at village table top stalls and donate the money to local causes, or providing funding for children in the local area to go on field trips who would not otherwise be able to go.
We readily take part in programmes of help and support for local residents, for example:
- Supporting elderly residents through gardening and other supportive activities
- Cleaning and revitalising the local church
- One of our residents provided mentoring to other young people in the area
- Another worked as a volunteer at the local Barnardos charity shop
- Regenerating local parks and play areas for children
- Supporting sports events and facilitating summer holiday activities
- Community printing project
Other fundraising activities that we have completed include:
- Raising £2,320 for the Wisdom Hospice after two years of dedicated fundraising
- Supporting the Breast Cancer campaign donating £567 last year
- Raising £149 for Comic Relief by selling cakes made by young people
- Raising £900 to raise awareness of Men’s Health (Movember) with staff and young people growing moustaches
- Weekly donations to Comparison UK to sponsor children in Africa
Big it Up Awards
The Big it Up Awards are a sponsor of Homes 2 Inspire. The awards are an annual event which recognises the achievements of young people living in the care of Nottingham City Council. Homes 2 Isnpire have donated £4000 for the awards in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Awards celebrate the achievements of Children in Care who are 11-17 years of age in respect of the Every Child Matters outcomes. The event not only rewards and recognises the hard work of award winners, but also inspires and encourages all of our young people to do their best irrespective of circumstance. The young people have stated that sometimes, for a number of reasons, they are overlooked in the usual forums, such as school, for their achievements to be recognised and that often what they consider to be an achievement might not be considered by other people in settings as anything worthwhile. The awards event is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate achievements for these young people, which in turn will have a positive impact on the nominees self-esteem and aspirations. The young people get recognised for their achievements for the past year whether educational, behavioural or otherwise. The event will also reward carers, who have been nominated by children in care and/or social workers. The event is also used as a platform to promote positive outcomes for looked after children, it involves previous looked after children telling their stories of how they overcame barriers to achieve more. There are also demonstrations from local community groups and projects that support looked after children within the city of Nottingham.