For the past 150 years, we have been caring for young people who can’t live with their families. Today we look after children and young people through our children’s homes, fostering, homes for care leavers and specialist support services, all designed for young people in care, on the edge of care and leaving care.
Children and young people come into care through no fault of their own and for many reasons. They are children, and all children deserve a home where they can feel safe, cared for and nurtured. At St Christopher’s, we work hard to form positive, trusting relationships with children so they can have their needs met and grow.
Children in care often feel different from their peers. They feel side-lined or forgotten, and because of their past experiences, they find it difficult to trust adults or assume that everyone will leave them and let them down. St Christopher’s is here to prove the opposite to children and young people.
Next year is our 150th birthday; as the challenges facing our young people change, we look at how we can meet their needs. We help our children, and young people find a voice and by listening to what they tell us, develop innovative services that refine best practice for children’s social care.
Reaching more children and young people is critical, not merely because we want to grow, but because the need is there, and we are best placed to provide the solution and care. It is important to us that children and young people who cannot live with their families know that they are being cared for by people with a genuine motivation to keep them safe, happy and loved – this is something that our young people tell us too.
The Diamond Appeal: We believe everybody can shine!
Many of our children and young people need extra support in areas such as physical and mental health, life skills, education, training and employment. We want our young people to enjoy the same opportunities as their peers, but unlike their peers, many have no parents or guardians who they can turn to for support. Our approach focuses on building relationships with young people, listening to them and getting to know them so they can grow, develop and achieve.
We want each young person to recognise their strengths and find their diamond within. By donating to St Christopher’s, you enable us to help children achieve their potential. We are led by the needs of our children and young people, so the donation you make will be used where the need is greatest.