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Regional Lead Billy-Jo O’Leary has been busy preparing for Big Church Day out, which took place the first weekend in June in the beautiful Wiston Estate in West Sussex. Joining with over 30,000 people from across the UK and beyond, it was such a joy to gather to worship, have fun, eat together and connect with others. It was fantastic to have an exhibition stand at the festival, and to host the Leap of Faith!

It's been a season of gathering together – a few weeks before Big Church Day Out, we hosted our Home for Good Summit. Almost three years since we were last able to gather in-person for the Home for Good Summit, on 7 May 2022, we were finally able to come together - some online via livestream, some in-person in Milton Keynes. Our day was fuelled by and focused on the words of 1 Corinthians 12 as we reflected together on God’s heart and how we each have a part to play to care for children and young people, knowing that together we can find a home for every child who needs one. Billy-Jo was blown away by the number of people she met at the Summit from London and the South East. Thank you for joining us! You can read more about the Summit here .

Our Champion network in the region is growing, with a number of new Champions joining us in recent months. It’s been so encouraging to see a number of Champions speaking on behalf of Home for Good in their churches and communities – huge thanks to David and Wendy, to Ben, and to all our Home for Good Champions who share their heart and our shared vision with others. If you are a Champion and are interested in speaking on behalf of Home for Good, connect with Billy-Jo – she would love to chat with you!

Regional Lead Billy-Jo is looking forward to joining the church leader vision event at Grace Church in Chichester in July. In 2021, there were 891 children under the care of West Sussex County Council, an increase of over 10% on the previous year. Around half of these children were entering care for the first time. Home for Good is delighted to be supporting West Sussex County Council in recruiting new foster carers. We want to see children and young people in stable and loving homes that are close to their schools, their friends and their family or community. We believe the local Church in West Sussex can make a transformational difference. To find out more, and to support this project, click here.

This summer, Home for Good is embarking on a UK-wide tour with Riding lights Theatre Company. Entertaining and thought-provoking, the play My Place follows the stories of four children in care – an individual child, a pair of siblings and an unaccompanied refugee. They have different backgrounds and journeys, brought to life through a range of colourful story-telling techniques, including song and spoken word. Each story highlights the need for all vulnerable children to have a safe, stable and loving home where they can thrive.

The tour will visit this region from 4-6 July. Each evening will finish with an opportunity to hear about Home for Good and how each of us can play our part in transforming the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Tickets are £10 each (£8 for concessions). You can find out more at ticketsource.co.uk/ridinglights

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 London and the South East.

  • Give thanks for the incredible opportunities we’ve had to get out and about and to gather together; give thanks to God for the Home for Good Summit and for Big Church Day Out.
  • Pray for our existing relationships with local authorities and agencies in the region, that we will see many individuals and families opening their homes as a result of our working together. Pray particularly for our work in West Sussex.
  • Pray for our tour of My Place with Riding Lights Theatre Company. Pray for the organisational elements, and pray that many will attend the performances and be inspired to consider what their response could be.
Are there any events happening soon that I can attend?

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

How do I get in touch with a member of the Home for Good team in London and South East England?

Billy-Jo O'Leary heads up Home for Good's work in London and South East England and she would love to hear from you! You can contact her through the button below.

Email Billy-Jo

Date published:
June 2022


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