Our best wishes go out to Joshua Roderick who will be raising funds for us by running not just one marathon, but two, in October and November this year! The first is the Inspire Wales Marathon on the 14th October and the second is the Gower Ultra Marathon on the 10th November. The latter ultra marathon is 35 miles (no way!) so Joshua must be really really fit!
Please donate to support us on Joshua’s Just Giving web page:https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joshua-roderick?utm_id=2&utm_term=7mvqnmG4r
Good Luck Joshua!
Bristol Child Contact Centre is very pleased to report sponsorship funding from a number of local organisations as shown in our right hand column. This will enable us to continue to provide a much needed service to families and in particular children who are missing contact. We thank these organisations for their valued support.
Please note that our new coordinator, Vanessa, is in post as from 28th June 2018, and all BCCC trustees and volunteers welcome her and look forward to working with her.
Please note that Vanessa’s normal working hours are every Thursday and Friday 9.30 to 3.30.
We were treated to a really good concert on Saturday evening 10th February, when the Male Voice Choir from Avon and Somerset Constabulary sung a wonderful selection of songs for us. We had well known songs from Simon and Garfunkel, gospel music, jazz swing music and many others. The Choir also sang a great version of the Liverpool football club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
BCCC thanks The Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir for agreeing to donate the proceeds from this concert, amounting to £311, to our Contact Centre funds. Most generous!
‘Putting Children First’ was the special title of Bristol Community fm Radio’s Silver Sound programme on Friday 9th February. The music was chosen with this theme in mind, plus there were interviews with Contact Centre coordinator Monika, and Anne, a team leader. It’s always worthwhile to have the chance to introduce our service to a wider audience, which in this case is likely to be the older generation. Grandparents can have an important role in finding out about contact centres for the children’s parents, and sometimes in using them for their own contacts.
Monika and Anne also talked about the various roles of the volunteers and encouraged people to apply to join the teams. It’s really rewarding and worthwhile.
Online is the easiest way to listen in, at www.bcfmradio.com (go to the “shows” tab, then click on “Silver Sound” and select the date and time). Our Silver Sound 10.00-11.00 show will be there for 60 days. Many thanks to BCfm for enabling this programme.
We at Bristol Child Contact Centre are again pleased to draw attention to the course provided by Aquila Bristol. Details as follows with copy of poster:-
Do you, or does someone you know, need support following a relationship breakdown?
Over the past 12 years Aquila Bristol has helped many people learn to cope and rebuild their lives following separation or divorce.
Our next 7-week self-help course starts on Wednesday 24th January in Southmead, Bristol.
The course is facilitated by a group of trained men and women who have all experienced broken relationships or divorce.
See previous posting. Katy Coleman has very successfully completed the Bristol Half-Marathon, and has raised funding for us well in excess of £400. Brilliant news Katy, a huge thank you from BCCC. Very well done, you are an inspiration to us all!
We are delighted to learn that one of our volunteers, Katy Coleman, has decided to support BCCC by running the Bristol Half-Marathon on September 17th. Well done to you Katy and thanks so much for your support. We have such special volunteers. Good luck for the day and keep training!
- We have heard from NACCC that they are increasing the online Referral Fee for new clients to £20 from 1st April 2017. This fee is to help fund the online system which is vital for the security of all our clients, their families and especially the children, as well as our own volunteers.
- We have also heard from NACCC about their initiative concerning so-called “soft” child abuse. We attach below a link to this information and a short clip showing a radio interview on the subject.
Child abuse and neglect: Draft guidance consultation
Teachers, police officers, nursery staff and other professionals should look for “soft” signs that could indicate that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidelines suggest. Signs may include excessive clinginess, low self-esteem, recurrent nightmares or over-friendliness towards strangers. NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) was asked by the Department for Education and the Department of Health to produce information for professionals working with children across a range of settings including social care, schools, early years settings, medical centres or custodial settings. It says adults working with children should be alert to abuse and neglect if a child displays behaviours that are not normal for the child or for their age.