Bishop Martyn becomes Patron of adoption/fostering charity


Bishop Martyn Snow becomes Patron of Home for Good: Leicester.

The Bishop of Leicester has become the Patron of local adoption and fostering charity Home for Good: Leicester. It is the local movement of the national Christian charity Home for Good that raises awareness of fostering and adoption, working towards its vision of “a home for every child who needs one.”

The charity encourages people to foster or adopt, equip churches to be supportive communities for families that foster or adopt, and to create support networks amongst parents and carers in the city and county.

Bishop Martyn said: “This is such an important charity which makes a difference to hundreds of children living in our communities. My wife Lynn, who is a Paediatrician, has been involved in the charity for some time and I have been very impressed by the work the charity is able to do through churches that support them. I am glad that I am also now able to personally support it myself too and want to encourage more of the hundreds of churches across Leicestershire to get involved.”

In his first event as Patron, Bishop Martyn supported the charity’s Christmas party, which took place on Saturday, 7th December, and was attended by 150 children and adults from local fostering and adoptive families. A magician entertained the guests and there was a special visit from Santa, who brought a present for every child.

Debbie Hill, co-leader of Home for Good: Leicester, said: “We are delighted that Bishop Martyn has agreed to become our Patron. We are very much looking forward to working with him as we further our work with churches across Leicester and Leicestershire, speaking and equipping people to look after the most vulnerable in our society – children and young people who are in, or have been in, the care system.

“There are thousands of children waiting across the UK for a family – we believe that together we can make a difference, whether that’s through stepping up to foster or adopt, or supporting those that do.

 “We’re a team of volunteers raising awareness of the need for more foster carers and adopters in Leicester and Leicestershire, providing support to families, for example, through our care packages scheme, and events such as our Easter fun day.”

The care packages are a way of celebrating the new families that come about by fostering or adoption. They contain therapeutic parenting resources, information about local projects and support groups, as well as bubble bath and chocolate for a well-deserved treat.

Debbie said: “We think it’s important to make new carers feel empowered and appreciated for all they are giving. Our first recipient said this about her bag: ‘the package has useful material for new carers, and helpful therapeutic parenting strategies and solutions. Thank you for this.’”

There are a variety of ways in which churches, community groups or individual members of the public can support the work of Home for Good: Leicester:

·         Raise funds to help buy items for the care packages or help pay for fun days out for the children

·         Volunteer to host an awareness-raising event by Home for Good

·         Donate to the charity via their website: https://www.homeforgood.org.uk/connect-locally/leicester

·         Pray for the work of the charity and for more families to get involved

·         Contact Home for Good to explore ways of getting involved:

Email: leicester@homeforgood.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/homeforgoodleicester

Twitter: @HfGLeicester

This year, the charity’s activities have included;

·         An Easter Social for 60 children and adults

·         A trip to Wicksteed Park (kindly funded by the Rotary Club)

·         A story telling club in the summer

·         Delivering training to support networks of foster/adoptive families

·         Extending the care package scheme to Leicestershire County Council

·         Bringing together 12 local organisations during a film showing to discuss a city-wide vision for caring for vulnerable children




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