Dream Night at Chester Zoo

A huge thank you to Chester Zoo for supplying enough tickets to allow all of our families have an amazing evening at the zoo. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our families to be shown around the zoo with their very own Safari Guide. Our families were treated to a picnic tea and refreshments throughout the evening. Brave families were also given the opportunity to fly high above the Lion Enclosure in a cherry picker!

 

Tarvin Village Fete

Despite the threat of the rain, we had an amazing day at the Tarvin Vilage Fete.

A huge thank you to the commitee for inviting us to have a tombola stall at this years Summer Fete. Despite the threat of the rain, we had an amazing day. It was brilliant to be out in the local community and to see all the support for our amazing charity.

Come and check the stall out at The Dodleston Summer Festival on 6th July between 12-8.. The Pink Flamingo will be stocked with lollies and some will even have secret prizes attached!!

 

The start of the StF CodeClub

At Save the Family we are constantly striving for ways to enrich the lives of the children that live onsite. Several months ago I met an amazing lady from Code Club North West, part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. They do this so that more people are able to harness the power of computing and digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.

It was soon identified that the lack of computers would definitly hamper our Coding adventures going forward so Liz put us in touch with a lady who works for BoschUK. On Saturday we had a shipment of used laptops delivered courtesy of BoschUK. All had the Raspberry Pi operating system installed on them and are ready to go! We now have the capacity to cater for 10 children at a time and I am looking forward to learning some coding as we go on!

Thank you Liz @CodeClubNW and Lisa from BoschUK for all you have done for the children at Save the Family.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/

May was a sad month here at Save the Family

May was a sad month for us here at Save the Family. We had to say goodbye to a friend and valued Trustee, Pauline Jackson.

Pauline worked tirelessly for Save the Family for over 4 years. We have planted a tree within the Sensory Garden in her memory. We hope its roots are as steadfast as her loyalty. She will be greatly missed.

 

Save the Family’s Superheroes!

The ESSAR Chester Half Marathon 2019

Four superheroes and the Save the Family mascot after the Essar Half Marathon Felicity during the 2019 ESSAR half marathonFelicity, Julia, MJ and Rich showing off their runners medals after the ESSAR half marathonHayley and a group of runners at the Essar Half Marathon

After hours of pounding the streets in preparation, the big day arrived!

Lining up on Sunday with over 6000 other runners, were Save the Family’s very own Superheroes!

Save the Family could not exist without the tireless work of our volunteer fundraisers. In total over £3000 was raised! Every penny will go to support homeless families in our community.

Chester has definitely got talent!!

 

 

 

A huge ‘Thank You’ to the young ladies at The Queens School Chester for putting on an amazing concert on behalf of Save the Family on Saturday evening. It was a packed house. With something for everyone from Musical Theatre tunes to The Jacksons, the guests were not left disappointed!

 

 

Dodleston C of E Primary School Donations

We’ve had a lovely visit from the Head Teacher of Dodleston C of E Primary School. It was wonderful to see just how generous families in our community can be towards our families during Lent. Nothing was more heart-warming than when we opened a small envelope, only to find a very special little girl had sent her pocket money in to help a family in need. Thank you Dodleston Primary School for your continued support.


 

 

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends!

Chairman and General manager receiving large cheque from the Greif Foundation
The generous donation from the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust has enabled Save the Family to introduce the new role of ‘Family Friend’, providing much needed practical and emotional support to residents.

Gary Hankinson, Family Mentoring Manager said ‘This valuable and much appreciated funding will enable us to provide additional role modelling practical support for our residents, helping them build confidence and self-esteem as they work towards moving back into the community.

The Family Friends will work informally alongside families to help and guide them with key life skills.

They will encourage and help family members in key tasks such as making nutritious meals together; recognising the importance of morning and bedtime routines and promoting active play and laughter together with other key skills.

The overall aim is to support parents to become positive and confident role models for children to help break the cycle of inter-generational problems they face.

David Tillotson on behalf of the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust said ‘It is the Trust’s aim to help disadvantaged children and young people whose development is impeded by unfortunate life events and circumstances. We are very pleased to have been able to make this grant to Save the Family to enable the invaluable new Family Friend resource to be put in place’.

Chester’s First Health and Beauty Expo!


 

What a day!! Over 500 people attended our first Health and Beauty Event at Chester Racecourse! The day kicked off with an amazing talk from BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and continued throughout the day with seminars, demonstrations and tutorials focused on Health and Beauty. All this lead up to Save the Families first Young Make-Up Artist of the Year competition. The competition was won by 14 year old Mia Smith-Roberts! The competion was judged by Instagram sensations and influencers Alisha Heap and Jasmin Archer-Jones. The event was hosted entirely by Save the Family volunteer staff  with the help of Chester Racecourse Company’s Project 1000 volunteers and raised almost £3000. These funds will go to help homeless families through a really difficult period in life.

Our newly created ‘Family Friend’ post at work!!

Here’s Kath in her newly created ‘Family Friend’ role. She is assisting two of our residents to cook good quality food for less. They started by writing a list then going shopping to get good quality ingredients for the cheapest prices. Then came the hard bit, they went into our community kitchen and batch cooked 3 different meals, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Chicken Curry and Shepherds Pie. And oh boy, did they batch cook?! Over 56 portions in total!

The completed meals were shared between themselves at a cost of £15.00 each!! Well done ladies x