Just under 3 months later we became father and son and what a journey we have had so far. Being a single gay man, I had slight niggles in the back of my mind telling me this might not happen. But it did happen and I hope this raises awareness and to show people it can happen for you too.
It looks like it is going to be a very different Christmas for everyone this year with us all being subject to various Covid restrictions*. However, for our adopted children it may well be something we can turn to our advantage.
In this issue of St Andrew’s Society’s newsletter you’ll discover how we have been adjusting to the new normal with a bit of help from ZOOM, we look forward to this year’s virtual Kilt Walk in September – and so much more.
In this issue of St Andrew’s Society’s newsletter you’ll discover why you should adopt, all about the exceptional support we offer our families, how we got on during Foster Care Fortnight 2019 and so much more.
In the News, we review the Sensory Integration Workshop and Relaxkids project – with feedback from both.
Maureen McEvoy, our retiring Chair, casts her mind on 50 years as an adopter.
One of our adopted children writes about meeting his birthparent.
Our fundraising section focuses on walking the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2018.
St Andrew’s Children’s Society newsletter,
Reflections 18 –
In this issue, we are highlighting the Edinburgh Kiltwalk which is happening on Sunday 16th September. Join Society staff, choose one of the walks, ask friends and family to sponsor you and help raise funds for us.
Jill Watson, one of our intrepid Senior Practitioners has cycled around Loch Ness and has raised over £480 for us.
Happy 5th anniversary to our Aberdeen office.
Following a review of two years work in developing Concurrent Care, we are now ready to launch the next phase of development with West Lothian Council.
Our fundraiser celebrated raising over £1,000,000 for the Society – with chocolate cake!
…and there’s news about events just past and some coming up.Summer newsletter 2018 – front page
In this edition we say a sad farewell to four members of staff, but hello to Milo and Mo, two puppet mice who will be assisting Rita!
We introduce you to our new website to be launched in May.
We welcome Pascaline Mollard to John’s Place and Scotland’s Adoption Register.
Did you know, this is the 95th anniversary of the formation of The Archdiocesan Social Services Committee, the forerunner of St Andrew’s Children’s Society. We are saving our celebrations
for our 100th birthday in 2022 – lookout for the special edition of Reflections24! But to mark the occasion, Denise Burgess gives us a glimpse of her 30 years with the Society.
You may well ask what a photo of a cruise liner is doing on the front of this newsletter. It came from Aberdeen Velga, who cruised on the Reflection earlier this year. The picture of the fireworks comes from the Aberdeen ‘Dads ‘N’ Lads’ group. The gathering of people are SafeBase™ parents who attended our Call-Back session – more inside.
The article regarding Trustees in the last edition of Reflections brought some good responses. Potential Trustees and Volunteers, read more.
Top tips seem to go down well, so there’s a seasonal one to help at Christmas Day Dinner.
We pay tribute to Alex Wilson, one of our long term foster carers, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
And to finish with, good news on the fundraising front.