For children who face growing up in care, adoption can make a huge difference to their development – and it can also be a life-changing experience for their adoptive parent or parents. It’s a personal decision, and for all parents who adopt there will be many emotional ups and downs along the way. But that decision may lead to years of joy and happiness that goes with raising a family and seeing the child in their care grow up and achieve goals which may initially have seemed beyond their reach.
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Tower Insurance has sponsored The Children’s Centre’s calendar for the eighth successive year. This year’s theme was for the charity to ask its supporters to provide recipe ideas to suit a range of tastes, and which are also suitable for young children.
Two popular projects run by The Children’s Centre have received a welcome boost from a Castletown-based business. Friends Provident International has announced it is continuing to provide funding for the Action, Songs and Rhymes pre-school activity programme, and for the recording of audio CDs used in the Story Sacks project. The company’s support for The Children’s Centre’s community projects began in 2008.
At a Positive Action Group meeting on 24th February, the Manx Credit Union Working Party gave a presentation on the benefits of a credit union and how it differs from high street banking by offering a more ethical way of saving and low-cost alternative to other forms of borrowing.
Law firm Dougherty Quinn raised £1,165 for The Children’s Centre by supporting a ‘Make a Will’ initiative last year. It was the eighth year in succession that Dougherty Quinn’s legal experts gave up their professional time to write simple wills for free in exchange for participants making a set donation to The Children’s Centre.
The Manx charity CLINCH has closed after 20 years, and distributed its reserves to two other local charities – The Children’s Centre and Manx Mencap.
The Children’s Centre’s Community Farm now has new toilets and washrooms with wheelchair access thanks to the Island’s leading plant hire and demolition company JCK. The Farm, based at Wallberry Farm on the Carnane Estate off the Old Castletown Road in Douglas, opened in January 2011 and allows children and young people from across the Island to learn from practical experience about caring for animals and growing crops.
Choosing a nursery for their child is a difficult decision for parents to make, especially if they are facing that decision for the first time. It may not be until September before their children attend nursery for the first time, but the process of making the right choice is one that parents need to start thinking about now says Kelly Charman, who is Deputy Manager at The Children’s Centre’s Bonwick Day Nursery in Ramsey.