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Snowflake Appeal

Seasonal Appeal Launched to Help Vulnerable Families
The Children’s Centre hopes Snowflake Appeal will be widely supported

As Christmas approaches – a time with strong associations of children and families – it's worth remembering that some families experience financial hardship, emotional stress and, or domestic abuse so cannot enjoy the bright outlook for the year to come. This is why The Children's Centre has launched an appeal to help raise funds for its Thriving Families programme.
Thriving Families, launched three years ago, focuses on early intervention: working with referred families who may be struggling and vulnerable. Providing specialist help, in order for the family to address and overcome their problems before they lead to more serious, long-term issues.


The team works closely with key agencies in the Isle of Man, including schools, health services and the police, and offers dedicated support to the family as a whole. The Thriving Families 'wraparound ' programme provides non-time-limited, bespoke support which is unique in the Island. Services include private counselling, help with housing and maintenance, educational support, crèche facilities and much more.


The Snowflake Appeal has been launched to aid in the continued delivery and development of the vital work done by Thriving Families. Anyone wishing to support this important work can donate via Just Giving or by Text; simply text the word SNOW to 70660 to donate £5. Every penny raised by the appeal – which starts 6th November and will run through the Christmas period – will stay on the Island.


Janet Bailey for The Children's Centre comments, "Thriving Families undertakes invaluable work to support children and families overcome many of life's differing challenges and looks towards achieving a positive future. Positive change for children and families leads to wider participation in school and the community and is proven to increase life chances. With the Snowflake Appeal, we are asking people to consider those in the local community who are perhaps less fortunate, and to make a donation, which maybe instead of sending Christmas cards this year – even the smallest amount will make a difference".

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week