Our charity is totally self-funding and run entirely by volunteers so if you or your organisation are able to help us in any way, we would love to hear from you!
How you can get involved....
Hosting a child
Host a child or English speaking interpreter in your home for 4 weeks or talk to us about becoming a backup host family.
Volunteer as a daily helper or driver to assist with a programme of activities that we run for the children on weekdays during their visit. Flexible opportunities are available to suit everyone (Age 18+) so however little or much time you can spare, you can get involved.
Volunteer to help with the day to day running of the charity. Our dedicated team of volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to make the life-changing holidays a reality for the children. Use your skills to help us make a real difference.
Sponsor an activity or a lunch for the children during their stay. Contact our Group Coordinator for further details.
Donate goods or services to help the charity and the children.
Sponsor an individual child for £500 per year and get to see for yourself the difference our program makes. Contact our Group Coordinator for further details.
Help us with fundraising or organise a fundraising event on our behalf or maybe site one of our static charity collecting boxes in your business premises.
Make a single or regular donation. You can donate by cheque or by using our secure online donations facility with BT My Donate . If you are a UK taxpayer, ask us for a Gift Aid form or tick the Gift Aid box online and we can claim tax of 25% on top of your donation. Just click on the "Donate" button below.
Host families are required to provide a stable, loving home, nourishing meals and lots of TLC for a vulnerable child that will be placed in their care for 4 weeks. Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) checks will be required for all members of the household who are age 18yrs or over and references will be taken up for all applicants.
Hosts must be committed and reliable and be prepared to attend group meetings (usually 5 per year) to prepare them for the child's visit and the challenges that they may face. The meetings are a good way to meet other host families who are on the programme and to learn about their experiences as hosts.
All children on the program are aged between 7 and 13 years of age and are placed with one host family for the duration of their stay.
Our visits generally take place during early August.
The charity organises a daily programme of activities for the children to participate in from Monday to Friday between the hours of approx. 9.00am and 4.30pm. The children spend evenings and weekends at home with their host family although there are opportunities for them to socialise with the other children outside the normal programme.
Host families must live within commuting distance of our Day Centre in Markfield and must be able to get to the village to drop off their child each day so that they can take part in the activities programme. Early drop offs and late pick ups can usually be arranged to assist working host families.
The children travel to the UK with two English speaking interpreters who are on 24 hour call to provide support and assistance to host families in the event of communication issues or a problem with their child. Host families will also be able to call upon other experienced host families and our Host Family Coordinator for help and support throughout the visit.
We aim to bring each child to the UK for 5 consecutive years in the belief that the cumulative benefits of our programme help to boost the children's depleted immune systems and improve their general health and wellbeing
Where possible, we endeavour to place each child with the same host family each year, however we never ask any host family to make a 5 year commitment when they sign up. That said, many hosts form very strong bonds with the child they care for and go on to host year after year.
Hosting a child can be truly rewarding. If you would like to learn more about what is involved, please contact:-
John Buckby (Group Coordinator)
Tel. 01455 285799
e-mail: [email protected]
What our host families say.....
"Our experience of hosting has been mainly very positive and it has got more enjoyable each year. Our best advice to new host families is not to be afraid to ask for help if needed and not to worry too much about the language and food issues. It really does sort itself out with a little time."
"We found the experience in the first year slightly nerve wracking, but it was all fine in the end and the other host families were very helpful and supportive. We will never forget our child's face when she saw the sea for the first time!"
"We joined this project because we felt we wanted to give something back and seeing what a difference the programme has made to the child we hosted has been very satisfying. We have gained a tremendous sense of achievement from being involved."
"Hosting a child has been a big commitment for us, but it has been incredibly rewarding and a fantastic experience. Our little girl is a part of our family now and will always have a place in our hearts and in our home."
"The first night was very stressful, then it all just fell into place. We just loved the whole experience."