Festive Pop-Up Market

Over 1200 people attended our first Festive Pop Up Market in Chester.  The one day event was held at the Wesley Church Centre on St John Street in Chester on Saturday 30th November.  Massive crowds took the quick detour from the high street to support our charity, guided by a team of volunteer elves.

Gladly nobody left empty handed, with over 20 artisan stall holders selling their festive wares.  Everything from beautiful handmade jewellery, to luxury hampers and Christmas candles were on offer and all to the backdrop of amazing live music.

The wonderful Waite Collective kicked off the proceedings followed by the Fascinating Saxes and the beautiful Songsmiths, whom at one point got the whole crowd involved.

And of course what sort of Festive Event would it be without a visit from Santa in his very own Grotto, sponsored by local Chartered Surveyors Legat Owen. The man himself attended the event in his full regalia giving out pressies and taking requests from local children. It was a fantastic start to the festive season.

Organised from start to finish by a small team of ‘Friends of Save the Family’ (volunteers dedicated to fundraising). Over £3000 was raised which will help to provide practical support for homeless families over the Christmas period.

We would like to thank the @wesleychurchcentrechester for the loan of their venue, all of the stall holders for their amazing products, the live acts who put on a show for the guests and all of the volunteers who gave their time to ensure the 1200 visitors had a fab time.

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends!

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’.

Our Teddy has been on adventures again this week!

This week we were honoured to be invited into Eccleston C of E Primary School’s assembly. A huge thank you to all the staff and children who allowed us to highlight all the fabulous work we do at Save the Family. Our Teddy has never had so many cuddles!

Good Luck to all the children who enter the competition to name our Teddy!