Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can find out everything they need to know at a drop-in session on Thursday February 26 from 5pm to 7pm. The session is being hosted by Fostering First at Bourne House, 97 Woodbourne Road, Douglas – and there will be another drop-in session at the same venue on Thursday March 26 from noon to 2pm.
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Manx ultra-running legends Rob Sellors and Ben Scott are aiming to smash the record for running the 100-mile Raad ny Foillan coastal path.
If you want to support The Children’s Centre you can become a ‘friend’ of the charity from just £1 a month. Choose from £1, £3 and £5 donations per month – or as much as you like – and help fund vital projects and services, many of which rely on public donations. For just £5 or more, you’ll be eligible to take part in the charity’s monthly draw and be in with a chance of winning £100, £50 or £25 every month!
The Children’s Centre was advised in November that it had tendered unsuccessfully for the following Government contracts relating to children and family services: Residential Services for Looked After Children, Leaving Care Services for Looked After Children, and a therapeutic Wraparound Service for Looked After Children. It was further advised on 19th December that its formal Appeal against the Department of Health and Social Care’s decision regarding these tenders had not been upheld.
A team of fundraisers made it to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa as part of a charity challenge which raised £16,205 for The Children’s Centre
The Children’s Centre’s 2015 calendar is now on sale with all funds raised going towards charity projects which help families and children across the Island. The calendar is available from the charity’s HQ on Woodbourne Road, Douglas, and at and at Action, Songs and Rhymes sessions for a minimum donation of £1. It features 12 inspiring images taken by staff which reflect charitable services and fundraising events throughout the year.
The long-term stability provided by adoptive parents continues to provide excellent outcomes for children in care, according to the latest research. However, the impact of a court judgment in England appears to be making it more difficult for parents here in the Isle of Man to adopt children.
Runners who have missed out on an entry for the London Marathon are being urged to put their training to good use and raise funds for The Children’s Centre in the Manchester Marathon instead. The charity is offering a fantastic package deal for any runners who want to take part in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday April 19 next year, which starts and finishes near to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium with a spectacular final stretch along Sir Matt Busby Way. A field of 7,000, ranging from charity fundraisers to elite athletes, took part in this year’s event which was voted as the ‘Best Marathon’ in the 2014 Running Awards.
Back for 2014, businesses and schools across the Island are encouraged to dust off their aprons and take to the kitchen to support the Isle of Man’s very own Great Manx Bake Off – Cakes for Kids.
More than 100 competitors battled it out in the Island’s first ever off-road triathlon on Sunday October 26. The Granite Mann event – organised by The Children’s Centre and sponsored by PwC, one of the leading firms of chartered accountants on the Island – featured more than 50 individual competitors and 30 teams. It began with a 400metre swim in the chilly waters of Cringle Reservoir, the first time a competitive swimming event has been held in the reservoir. The triathletes then tackled a 10km mountain bike ride along fantastic trails through Cringle Plantation, and a 5km run along plantation tracks