We are excited to have recently added a new post to our team. We have welcomed Joanne Hearl our Training and Development Coordinator. One of Joanne’s main roles will be in extending the supports that we provide to children. We are currently developing a play room, providing a bright and welcoming space for children who visit the office.
Joanne is currently consulting with adoptive families to find out which supports would be most useful. She has many ideas such as Parent and Toddler groups, groups to build attachment, or groups to help children understand and express emotions.
As part of her role Joanne will also be looking to extend the social events that we hold for children, with suggestions including a summer picnic and yearly trip to visit Santa Claus. In addition, we would hope to involve adoptive families in our vital fundraising activities and in the coming year will be looking to hold a number of fundraising events.
We are keen for adoptive parents to become involved in the organising of our events. Should you be interested in taking part or becoming involved please contact Joanne via our contact page
Training and Development Coordinator is responsible for the following.
Our Annual Gathering takes place in the summer each year and provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate adoption. Our gathering starts with a service to celebrate adoption followed by a family fun day. Our Annual Gathering gives our adoptive families a chance to get together, with their children, in an informal setting. As well giving the chance to meet other families, the gathering is a useful point for talking to your child about adoption and helping them to understand that many other children are also adopted. Many of our families continue to attend the gathering for many years after their children are adopted. If you have adopted through St Margaret's and are interested in finding out about our Annual Gathering, please speak with your worker to contact our office.
Christmas is a very special time of year and each year we hold a Christmas Carol Service to which all of our families are invited. Like our Annual Gathering, this provides a wonderful opportunity for all of our adoptive families to come together and celebrate their new family. Like our Annual Gathering, families continue to attend the service for many years after their adoption order is granted.
We hold a resource library at St Margarets with resources relating to a number of topics, including attachment, helping your child to understand adoption, introducing your birth child to their new sibling or undertaking life-story work and many more. If you are interested in accessing our resource library please speak to your worker or contact the office and ask to speak with the duty worker.