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‘ Verve Community CIC is a cooperative of Armed Forces Veterans, Blue light workers, Not-for-profits, and local businesses who together, make meaningful change to vulnerable groups in our communities…’

Verve’s Community CIC.

Verve’s community campaigns support Mums to keep babies warm and prevent them from becoming vulnerable. Over 150 kind-hearted Ladies who Knit’ have donated eight thousand baby clothes, blankets, and toys to mums in local Sure Start and community centres to prevent mums from becoming vulnerable in the first place.


We recruit Armed Forces Veterans to mentor young people in the Re-engage programme with Major Chris Chudleigh. The aim is to prevent exclusion and reduce criminal exploitation of young people in our schools.’

Verve recruits foster carers to support vulnerable children exclusively for Not for Profits and Local Authorities. I do this because I don’t believe in large businesses making profits from vulnerable children. (I’ve worked in foster care recruitment for an IFA; I know what I’m doing.)

‘Op Re-Engage’ gave me my life back…

Like many Veterans, Nathan Pickering struggled in the transition to civilian life after leaving the Army. Nathan saw the blog written for Chris and got in touch. Nathan now mentors students at the Lowry Academy for the Re-Engage programme, a role which he admits, gave him his life back. 

Prevention is better…

Knitting Baby Clothes Campaign

I launched the  ‘Knitting Baby Clothes Appeal when the charity shops closed due to the pandemic. Charity shops are often where Mums on a budget shop for either wool or baby items. However, winter was approaching, and I knew that Mums without  support would become vulnerable. These campaigns aim to prevent Mums and babies from becoming vulnerable; they are why I do what I do…

Being there when it matters makes a difference.

Knitted Bereavement Blankets, Hearts, Teddies & Toys Appeal.

I created the ‘Knitted Bereavement Blankets, Hearts, Teddies & Toys Campaigns’ at the start of the pandemic to support the Not-for-Profit  Swan Bereavement Team at Salford Royal NHS Trust. The knitted items: donated by the Ladies who Knit bring comfort to families and people in hospital; they are the reason they do what they do.

So far, we have…

Not for Profit Foster care & Supported Lodgings enquiries.
Amazing Ladies who kindly donate time and support to knit for our Knitting campaigns.
Not for Profit Charities we support in our communities.
Knitted toys we donate to foster children included in their welcome packs with Charities.
Bereavement Blankets, knitted Hearts and teddies supporting families affected by COVID
Knitted baby clothes, blankets and toys donated to local Surestart centres and Not for Profit Charities supporting Mum’s and their babies.

Can you Foster? Said the ad…

My husband and I looked at each other. We had thought about becoming a fostering family for years, but it never felt like the right time. Then, from nowhere, adverts appeared asking, can you foster? And we replied, ‘Yes, we can.’ That decision was the best decision we have ever made and why foster care has made such a difference. Can you foster?

Fostering teenagers & older children…

Fostering teenagers and older children are challenging. However, foster carers who do, see what lies beyond the labels; they see the child. These foster carers are the difference these children need because over 50% of children in care are over ten years of age. More than half are boys who have lived with labels that don’t relate to the child or the journey in life they have travelled so far. Are you the difference older children need. Can you foster?

Fostering siblings…

There is a real demand for sibling foster carers. Sadly, many sibling groups split up, and many of these siblings are older children who are harder to place in foster homes. These children have often played parental roles and missed their childhoods. Separating siblings must not happen; they must stay together within the communities they belong.

Are you the difference sibling’s need. Can you foster?

Step Down Foster Care…

Step Down foster care is the transition for children who have lived in children’s homes or residential care settings to adjust to living in a home environment. It is a step-by-step process, and former residential care and support workers now offer this much-needed care. Get in touch if you want to find out more on the link below…

Foster carer testimonials…

Having fostered young people previously said part of a couple, I knew it’s what I did. And needed to again, but as a single parent, I also knew what I wanted from a fostering agency and what I didn’t. I contacted Verve, and I discussed things, and Val recommended a charity-based agency. After a lot of hurdles, I finally got approved again. Not all agencies are the same, and it’s about finding the one most suitable for you and your needs, which Val at Verve has done xxx

Joanne Mills

she A leaflet had been posted through my door from Verve Recruitment. The flyer said that Verve recruits foster carers only for Not-for-Profit fostering charities, which immediately grabbed my attention. I wanted my fostering journey to be about the children and young people, not about who benefits financially. I telephoned Val, and I immediately knew from talking with her that now was the ‘right time’ and she matched me with the ‘right people’ Caritas Care, for me to embark on my fostering journey.


Verve recruitment agency is an incredibly supportive service for carers! It was the start of our fostering journey, and Verve provided us with invaluable advice and guidance about fostering agencies out there. We haven’t looked back since!

Because of Verve, we were able to choose a non-profit fostering agency, Caritas Care, and this has been the best decision we could have made.

Sobia & Akmal

My husband and I initially spoke to Val at the beginning of the year and it went from there. We’re nearing the end of our fostering application which has been a very smooth process from start to finish which is down to Val for steering us in the right direction and putting us in touch with a fostering agency which suits us perfectly. I highly recommend Verve Recruitment as they listen which is key. Val also made us feel at ease which can’t be underestimated.


I contacted Val through a Facebook campaign. I was impressed that she only used the charitable foster agencies/charitable purposes. She did this because they thought about placements and matching rather than “Beds for Heads. Also, the recruitment process was lovely, like talking to a friend, chatting to see if fostering, is something that you’re looking to do now. When that’s done, Verve looks for the agency that will best fit your situation, wants, area, and who can best support you.


Charity Testimonials…

Val has been supporting us with recruiting new foster carers at Caritas Care for the last two years; her support has been much valued. Some of the enquirers referred by Val are now approved foster carers. They are a much-welcomed addition to the Caritas Care family, providing an outstanding job caring for children.

Val has also prepared case studies for us of existing foster carers, staff, and a care leaver to be used for marketing our agency. Val does an excellent job of this, ensuring the individuals feel their voice is heard.

The #facesoffostering campaign has been one of our most successful campaigns to date; we are incredibly grateful for Val’s significant contribution. Rebecca Hughes, Caritas Care

‘When we receive an enquiry from Verve, they are detailed and give us a good understanding of the desires and experience of the applicants. I get a real sense that we are all working towards the same goal.’

‘Val listens to our needs as an agency and shows a good understanding of the independent fostering sector. She is knowledgeable and friendly, which makes working with her a positive experience.’

Helen Underwood

Operations Manager, South –  The Foster Care C0-Operative

Thank you so much for your donation of knitted clothes to the community centre. We will ensure these go out to families who need them in the area. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Higher Folds Community Centre & Nursery, Leigh.
Higher Folds Community Centre logo

Our paths crossed with Val at a perfect point where two charities could work together to support families who use our hospitals within the NCA. Val has been so flexible and supportive to our service (swan charity within the NCA) and has helped us considerably to be able to continue to provide a universal offer to all families of the use of knitted hearts and bears with children and adults where someone in their lives is sick, dying or sadly died.

The idea being, knitted hearts or bears are identical pairs; one is with the family and one with the person who died; this creates a link between them. In the early days following a death, comfort can come from just holding the bear/heart, knowing they have a link to the person (where they can talk to it, squeeze it, hug it, whatever helps), as time and their grief evolve the meaning and importance of this item may change and evolve.

During the height of Covid, these items were significant for all our patients as people could not visit, but ongoing they are still important and really helpful for families to create comfort. Val has totally embraced and understood what we are trying to achieve. With her enthusiasm, she is helping us to keep this going and reinvigorate the passion for people to support this campaign, especially when we are all a little ‘Covid tired’. Val is so caring and has a passion for people and their wellbeing.

Lisa Jones

Swan Bereavement Nurse & Trainer for Children & Families –  Salford Royal NHS Trust

Val is extremely friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. I have found Val always makes time for people and really wants to find an agency that is the right fit for the prospective foster carer she is speaking to. Val goes the extra mile wants to ensure vulnerable children are matched with the right home. I have really enjoyed working with Val over the last year, and I’m sure this will continue to be the case for a long time.

Louise Thwaites

Fostering Recruitment Manager –  Team Fostering

‘My name is Jasmin, Founder & CEO of Women with Wings C.I.C. I met Val from Verve Recruitment three years ago at an event in Manchester. We spoke and connected together due to the nature of our work, which is supporting families in our community. Our organisation supports women and their families to improve lives; during the pandemic, we supported these families with food essentials, care products, and baby essentials. During those times, Verve has supported our organisation by providing children’s clothes as well as knitted items such as Baby clothes, baby blankets, cardigans, socks, hats and gloves for new babies and grown children and other items. The ladies we support gratefully received these items, and they helped them a lot during wintertime.

Also, Verve Recruitment helped to raise awareness of the Diaspora Food Parcel Project by creating a social campaign. This campaign increased our members through Food Parcels, which meant we could support many more families throughout Greater Manchester.

We are still supporting each other through our work, and our connection is growing stronger and stronger. We at Women with Wings are grateful and appreciate all the help and support we have received and continue to receive.’   


CEO – Women with Wings CIC.

I have received a lot of help from Verve Recruitment and the links from the Verve blogs. I met Val Hogan at a conference in 2019, and since then, we have had an active friendship and partnership. I totally support Vere Recruitment in all it does to provide quality foster care for vulnerable children. Through Verve, I have made links with other like-minded charities; subsequently, we have been able to work together for the good of families.

We have had help from a wide area to knit for the deprived children and babies; this campaign continues to provide warm clothing for them. We also supply through these blogs Bonding blankets for premature babies and mums, bereavement blanks and comfort hearts and toys for those dying or the bereaved families, comfort toys for fostered children.

Also, Salford Food Parcels provide food and essentials; we had received cries for help when Verve published the blogs, for Salford Food Parcels. Our public profile has gone up, and through this campaign, we have been able to help those in need or direct them to get help.

Networking is vital in local charities, and Verve helps Not for Profit’s link to each other, and we can promote many other projects via these blogs.

I have received so much help, even when I am just mulling over things with Val Hogan, Verve’s director; I recommend Verve in all its aspects to you.

Yvonne Simms

Salford Food Parcels /Holiday Hunger Project & Verve Recruitment Ambassador

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