South West


The South West is an exciting region for Home for Good. There is a wide range of champions across the whole region. There are several active groups, passionate about recruitment of foster carers and adopters, and peer-led support including a Home for Good Local Movement in Bath.

We are working with churches across Bristol to pilot a model we hope to be replicable across the UK. Elsewhere we have groups in Exeter, Gloucestershire working to put fostering and adoption on the church’s agenda.

We have agreements and work closely with Bristol City Council, Wiltshire Council, Torbay Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council (though our local movement).



Key Contacts

Clare Walker

Clare Walker

Regional Manager: South West

Clare is excited to coordinate Home for Good’s work throughout South West England. Having been a teacher for more than 20 years she is all too aware of the specific needs of looked after and care experienced children and their families. She longs for the Church in the South West to recognise its role in caring for the most vulnerable children in our communities.

Stu Dendy

Stu Dendy

Bristol Coordinator

Stu is working specifically in and around Bristol City in the South West, partnering with our amazing Champions and developing old and new connections with the nearly three hundred churches in the area. Stu is keen to build relationships with leaders within all denominations and also keen to support the Bristol County Council, through the church, helping families to care for vulnerable children by fostering and adopting. Stu and his wife Sarah have just returned from eleven years living and working in Uganda, supporting a children’s ministry. They have four lively young children, three of whom were adopted in 2019.

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Bristol adoptive families peer-to-peer support group

Bristol adoptive families peer-to-peer support group

Monthly

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Support group: Gloucester

Support group: Gloucester

Bi-monthly

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Bristol fostering peer-to-peer support group

Bristol fostering peer-to-peer support group

Fortnightly

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Support group: Redruth, Cornwall

Support group: Redruth, Cornwall

Every 6 weeks

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Support group: Torbay

Support group: Torbay

First Tuesday of the month

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Exeter Family Support Group

Exeter Family Support Group

Monthly

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Support group: Bath

Support group: Bath

Every 4-6 weeks

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Support group: North Somerset

Support group: North Somerset

Monthly alternating between lunchtime and evening meetings

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Support group: Plymouth

Support group: Plymouth

They meet termly – Please get in contact with Lydia if you’re interested

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Support group: Gloucestershire

Support group: Gloucestershire

Monthly, on a week night

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Support group: Midsomer Norton

Support group: Midsomer Norton

Monthly

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Building Church communities of radical hospitality through fostering and adoption

Building Church communities of Radical Hospitality through fostering and adoption

11 Nov 2021 - 7.30pm

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Creating communities of welcome for care-experienced children and their families in Wiltshire

Creating communities of welcome for care-experienced children and their families in Wiltshire

20 Nov 2021 - 9am-11.30am

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Home for Good @ Kingswood Methodist Church

Home for Good @ Kingswood Methodist Church

9 Jan 2022 - 10.45am

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A celebration of fostering, adoption and kinship care at Bath Abbey

A celebration of fostering, adoption and kinship care at Bath Abbey

11 Feb 2022 - 10am-12pm

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Summit 2022

Summit 2022

7 May 2022 - 10.00am - 4:30pm (Registration opens 9.15am)

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