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Foster Care Recruitment Campaigns

Armed Forces Campaigns

Verve’s Community Campaigns

Our latest Foster Care Recruitment Campaigns.

Specialist types of foster care…

Parent& Child Foster Care.

Parent and Child Foster Care is a specialist type of foster care and is in extremely high demand to give parents a helping hand when it’s needed most. Parent & Child foster carers provide practical and emotional support for new parents and their babies; however, we need more. 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. Over 50% of children in care are over ten years of age; more than half are boys. Sadly, the highest reason for children going into care is  child abuse and neglect.

Sibling Foster Care: Keeping siblings in the communities they belong.

Not for Profit agencies are recruiting foster carers top meet children’s needs and keep vulnerable children in the communities they belong. However, there are not enough foster carers to do this, and siblings are separated. Can you foster?

‘Can you foster? said the ad; we replied,’Yes, we can!’

‘The ad said, can you foster? My husband and I looked at each other. I knew what was going through my husband’s head because it was in mine too. We had thought about becoming a fostering family for years, but it never felt the right time. There was always something going on, or we produced another reason we why couldn’t. Then, from nowhere, adverts appeared everywhere around  fostering. The ads simply said, ‘Can you foster?’ And we replied, ‘ Yes, we can.’

Verve CIC – Independent Foster Care Recruitment.

Not for Profit Foster Care Recruitment…

Verve CIC recruits foster carers for Not- for- Profit fostering Charities and Local Authorities. We do this because we do not believe in profit made from vulnerable children. Also, we believe that all children in care should stay within the communities where they belong and loved.

Creating engaging campaigns…

Originally, we created recruitment campaigns for foster carers to meet the needs of children in care within our communities. Our recruitment campaigns are successful, and through them we have matched foster carers with Not-for- Profit Charities, and Local Authorities. More importantly, they match the needs of the children they support within the communities they belong, as intended.

However, COVID-19 came along, many people within our communities had begun to struggle. So, I created campaigns to help, and the Knitting for Babies campaign began. Further campaigns include emergency food parcels, knitted toys for children in care, Bereavement Blankets, knitted hearts and teddies campaigns to support our wonderful NHS in Salford Royal hospital. We supported Ukraine through our Armed Forces networks and helped local children with Xmas presents when it looked like they may have been forgotten…

Recruiting to create better support.

12 years of austerity has taken its toll, and as a community, we are becoming vulnerable. Too often vulnerable people look for support networks and fail; mainly because many of them are not designed to provide full solutions. They do their bit, and you are left dangling and become even more vulnerable, and a little bit more broken.

Verve CIC creates free of charge campaigns to advertise the services of Not-for-Profit charities and community groups. Quite simply, how can we find support if we don’t know where to look? More importantly, not for profit charities and community groups don’t have huge advertising budgets, how do they get their message out there? That’s why we do what we do, and that’s the Verve way…

Who remembers the rainbows?

We have survived 12 years of austerity: a pandemic and we faced challenges we never expected or saw coming. Now we face a cost-of-living crisis and a winter of deep discontent, we need to prepare.

Our children continue to lead the way with kindness. they guided us and stood with them as we clapped for our beloved NHS, painting rainbows and sunflowers to show their love. As a result, COVID- 19 brought families together; however, some weren’t as lucky.

During the pandemic, many children were invisible to support services and became vulnerable. The number of children in care rose and continues to rise; we owe it to them to keep them with foster carers within the communities they love. Do you remember the rainbows?

child looking through a rainbow.
Verve’s Community Campaigns…

Knitted Bereavement Blankets, Hearts, Teddies & Toys Appeal.

I created the ‘Knitted Bereavement Blankets, Hearts, Teddies & Toys Campaigns’ to support the Not-for-Profit  Swan Bereavement Team at Salford Royal NHS Trust. These knitted items help the Swan team to support and care for patients, and their families affected by COVID-19. Sadly, they need more; can you help?

Knitting Baby Clothes Campaign

Verve CIC launched the  ‘Knitting Baby Clothes Appeal’. because of Coronavirus in our community. The pandemic meant a lack of wool for many mums with newborn babies mainly because Charity shops were closed. These shops were once a source of clothes for many families already in poverty, once they closed, many families became vulnerable. Especially families with either new born or young babies.

‘Knitting Baby Clothes to support Mums in Winter Campaign.’

The ‘Knitted Baby Clothes to support Mums in Winter Campaign’ aims to help Mums keep babies snug and warm during the cost-of-living crisis this winter. This campaign follows the hugely popular ‘Knitting for Babies Appeal,’ but the cost-of-living crisis bites and mums, their babies and their children need a little bit more help this winter…

Our success so far…

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

Verve’s 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 she 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

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 the ‘right people’ for me to embark on my journey.

Sarah

Verve recruitment agency is a very 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, 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.

Cheryl

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.

Bronagh

Our Partner 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 logo

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.

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.’   



Jasmin

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

Salford Veterans Community Centre CIC

Salford Food Parcels

Women with Wings CIC.

While your here, we have a small favour to ask!

Verve CIC is self-funded, and we don’t apply for funding or grants. We use income from the recruitment of foster carers and donations to create campaigns.

You see, we’re old school and we like to pay our way. However, donations are appreciated. Our Community Campaigns matter because they create change, and change-makers listen and never give up! Thank you.

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Can you foster?The most in-demand types of foster care are Sibling foster carers & Mother & Baby foster carers to keep families together.