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A new team member

We’re delighted to have welcomed Kizzy Laycock to the Home for Good team! Kizzy will be leading on our work in partnership with Festival Manchester, which is an initiative of the Message Trust, the Luis Palau association and hundreds of local churches, businesses, and organisations. It seeks to reach all aspects of society with the gospel of Jesus. As part of Festival Manchester’s ‘Love Where U Live’ initiative, Home for Good are delighted to inform, support and enable Christians who are exploring the part they can play in finding 500 foster and adoptive homes across Manchester for children and young people who need them.

I’m Kizzy. I’m a foster carer and a youth pastor, I’m recently married and dog-mum to Bilbo the westiepoo. I am passionate about inspiring, equipping and encouraging others along their fostering/adoption journey and very much looking forward to meeting you all.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Festival Manchester or the part you can play in finding 500 new foster and adoptive families in Greater Manchester, you can reach Kizzy at kizzy.laycock@homeforgood.org.uk.

Churches and Champions

We were really pleased that throughout September and October, five households took part in a Foundations course in Poynton Baptist Church.

A whole bunch of us are exploring the possibility of fostering and adoption, and the Foundations Course has proved to be a brilliant place to ask questions, to explore possibilities and to listen to God. Whether you’re exploring fostering or adoption, or are a church wanting to support those doing so, we couldn’t more highly recommend the Foundations Course to you!” Church leader

There are several Home for Good Champions who lead peer support groups in the region for those involved with fostering and/or adoption. The last 18 months have seen many of these groups staying connected through online platforms but now most are able to begin meeting 'in person’ again.

We continue to hold our bi-monthly prayer support group for parents and carers, and we are thrilled to share that our family support group relaunched in September! Our St Peter’s team are doing a fantastic job, hosting a bring-and-share lunch with activities for children and informal peer support. It’s great to have our families back together again!” Peer support group leader

To find a peer support group near you, click here.

As our team has grown across the North of England, we are really pleased that our Regional Lead, Mike, is now able to focus his time intentionally throughout the North West. This region is so important as we recognise there are many local authority areas that have higher than average levels of children in care, and we want to respond to this need. Mike has a number of speaking engagements coming up over the next few months: St Paul's Longridge on 16 January, Bethany Church in Gatley on 23 January, and All Saints Macclesfield on 6 February.

If you would be interested in having a Home for Good speaker visit your church, please contact Mike.

What can I be praying for?

We would love you to stand with us in prayer as we continue to work to find a home for every child who needs one in the North West.

  • Pray for Kizzy Laycock as she settles into her role and integrates into the Festival Manchester team. Thank God for this fantastic opportunity, and pray that those involved in the festival would catch the vision and heart for fostering, adoption and supported lodgings throughout Greater Manchester.
  • Pray for more opportunities – be that through our Foundations course, online information sessions, speaking engagements or one-on-one conversations – to inspire and encourage people in the North West to explore the possibility of fostering, adoption or supported lodgings.
  • Pray for more opportunities in the North West to journey with churches as they seek to become places of welcome and support for care-experienced children and young people and their families.
Are there any events happening soon that I can attend?

Head over to our North West England page to find out what is happening in the area and find all the local support groups.

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How do I get in touch with a member of the Home for Good team in North West England?

Mike Chesterton heads up Home for Good's work in North West England and he would love to hear from you! You can contact him through the button below.

Email Mike

Date published:
17 December 2021


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