It has been wonderful to see activity develop in Scotland through the hard work of our committed and passionate champions. Over the last year, champions have made the most of every opportunity to share in churches and community groups, raise awareness of Home for Good by taking part in our A Mile for Every Child campaign and Adoption Sunday, and hosted events and meals for those involved in fostering or adoption – and those thinking about it.
Both Krish and our CEO Phil have been invited to speak at services and events across Scotland, including the CLAN gathering, and it is a privilege that Home for Good is supported by the Baptist Union in Scotland and the Church of Scotland. We have been steadily building partnerships and seeking relationships with local authorities and agencies, and are keen to develop these connections in the coming year.
All of this has paved the way for Lucy, our new Scotland Lead, who take up her post in February 2017. Since stepping into the role, Lucy has begun building on these great foundations:
“It has been great to meet with many of our Scotland champions to hear their stories and their heart for Home for Good. I’ve also been able to have conversations with adoption and fostering agencies in Scotland, and even an MSP, about how churches can make a difference for children in care. Over the next few months we will be having vision evenings across the nation, to gather all those who are passionate about fostering and adoption, which will be significant in shaping our work as we move forward.” – Lucy
We hope that with Lucy in place to coordinate and resource our ongoing work, the coming year will see an increase in momentum and we will be able to expand both the breadth and depth of our activity in Scotland.
Some of our champions have shared their hopes and prayers for the year ahead:
“It’s so encouraging to see Home for Good’s commitment to Scotland and to Scotland’s children through the appointment of Lucy, and I hope that this will create a buzz that individuals and churches will want to be a part of.” – Barbara (Ayrshire)
“We’re praying that the profile of Home for Good and all it stands for would become more apparent, and that there would be more opportunities to connect with local authorities and agencies. Wouldn’t it be great if more people would catch the vision, and recognise the benefits and blessings of fostering and adoption?” – Jan and Claire (Perth)
“I hope that I will be able to adopt in the future, but until then I intend to be part of supporting families in my church and doing what I can to raise the profile of Home for Good in this area. I feel I’m the right person in the right place with the capacity to make this happen!” – Sandra (Falkirk)
“I hope we can be part of changing the way adoption and fostering is thought of in church culture, so that it is a normal part of church family, not something separate that has to be taken into account.” – Carly (Ayr)
Could you give a gift today to find a home for every child who needs one in Scotland? A regular monthly gift will make a big difference as we look to improve the futures of vulnerable children and those who care for them. Thank you