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Providing brighter futures for children and young people in ... - TACT

Providing brighter futures for children and young people in ... - TACT

12 6. A voice

12 6. A voice for children in care Ten local authorities are piloting leaving care age extension schemes which will be assessed in 2011. TACT believes it vital that all members of parliament with an interest in the welfare of children give full support to these pilots and to eventual national roll out extending care leaving age. In times of financial uncertainty, it is tempting to place short term savings over long term gain. It does, however, seem peculiar that we so easily allow vulnerable care leavers to go directly into unsuitable accommodation with little or no support. Young people who are properly prepared for leaving care and who have access to services between the ages of 18-21 have a far better chance of success. TACT undertakes research campaigns on policy issues affecting children in care with particular emphasis on fostering and adoption. We have years of experience in providing top quality services and now hope to use this reservoir of knowledge and expertise to provide information, briefings and advice to those in Whitehall and Westminster. We want young people to have the chance to achieve their potential. If you wish to discuss any aspect of the care system with TACT, contact Gareth Crossman, TACT Executive Director of External Affairs, on 020 8695 8120 or email g.crossman@tactcare.org.uk. For more information: www.tactcare.org.uk

13 7. Supporting TACT TACT - Providing brighter futures for children and young people in care “An amazing experience and so many moving stories from those around us all the way. One of the biggest challenges I have faced and although I have said never again, I can’t help wanting another go.” Matt, TACT London Marathon runner 2009 Fundraising allows us to continue providing vital support for children and young people in care. Without the support of fundraisers we cannot offer the extra provision that is so needed. With the backing of the public we can provide brighter futures for children and young people in care. There are lots of ways in which people can support TACT: Fundraising can be great fun whilst, at the same time, raising much needed funds for TACT. There are so many different ways people can fundraise for us, such as:: • running a 1k, 5k, 10k or even a Marathon in aid of TACT. • taking part in a challenge of a lifetime (there is a variety of challenges available from different organisations). • holding a quiz night at your local pub with proceeds going to TACT. Individuals can also donate by: • sending someone an eCard through charitygreetins.com and help TACT at the same time. • making regular or one-off donations through Justgiving (www.justgiving.com/tactcare). • sending us a cheque made payable to “The Adolescent and Children’s Trust” at: TACT Head Office, The Courtyard, 303 Hither Green Lane, Hither Green, London SE13 6TJ GIFT AID - UK tax payers can give TACT an extra 28p per £1 donated at no extra cost; they just need to ensure to tick the Gift Aid box. Fundraising isn’t the only way people can support TACT… Join us on Facebook (www.facebook.com) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/TACTUK) to help spread the word! The more people who know about TACT, the better. Legacies: by leaving a legacy to TACT, individuals can provide a brighter future for children and young people in care. Corporate support: the support of a company can be invaluable to a charity. For a company it can be a great way to boost morale amongst staff at the same time as creating a ‘team’ atmosphere. For more information: contact Gemma Reynolds, TACT Fundraising Officer, g.reynolds@tactcare.org.uk or 020 8475 7115.

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