Action for Children has been announced as Network Rail's new chosen charity. It was the clear winner after Network Rail employees voted for the organisation they would most like to raise money for and support over the next two years.
Network Rail will now help to raise the profile and work of Action for Children as well as encouraging employees to raise money through donations and sponsored events or to volunteer their time to help the charity. The company also matches the funds raised by staff meaning every pound raised is doubled for the charity.
Action for Children chief executive Dame Clare Tickell said: "Action for Children is absolutely thrilled to be chosen as Network Rail's Charity of Choice 2012-14. The funds raised throughout the partnership will enable us to create brighter futures for some of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people acrossBritain. We have some really exciting plans for the next two years and I know that together we will make this partnership a huge success."
Martin Arter, chair of Network Rail's charities panel, said: "Action for Children works with and supports over 50,000 children and families across the country. It tackles some very difficult issues so every pound we raise and every hour we give in support will be for a very worthwhile cause.
"Our employees voted for Action for Children to be Network Rail's chosen charity and we look forward to developing the relationship and providing as much help and support as possible over the next two years."
FtSE Member, The Foster Care Co-operative, discusses their 'Fostering Young People’s Learning Project'
This five week project took place in Worcestershire in May 2012 with nine Foster Care Co-operative foster carers – eight female and one male and two trainers.
Although the material was originally designed for carers with young people aged from eleven years upwards, the carers who participated in the project had children in the age range of 5 -16 years. The material was therefore amended slightly to allow for this and some information included from the previous course delivered.
The project was designed to help carers support the education of children and young people in their care and to explore how they can enable them to become more confident and effective learners. It covered a range of educational issues including:
Weekly feedback from the foster carers was very positive. They enjoyed the group discussions, sharing ideas and experiences with each other and learning from others’ experiences. The targeting praise session proved to be very beneficial in building self-confidence for all age groups.
Carers’ feedback regarding the paired reading showed that the technique was more successful with younger children and less fluent readers. This was borne out by our reading assessments which took place pre-project and post project, as there were some very successful results with the younger children involved, showing an increase in reading ages of up to 2.1 years and comprehension ages of up to 3.4 yrs in a seven month period.
Carers with younger children reported increased interest and confidence with reading in the children they worked with and one ten year old boy won the Head Teacher’s Reading Prize at his school.
What is paired reading?
Paired reading is when you read with a child, with both of you reading at same time/ pace.
Benefits Of Paired Reading
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