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Standing at a Home for Good exhibition stand recently, I was captured afresh by the statement on the backdrop - “What part could you play?” This brought to mind those great words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 about the body of Christ:

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body...

If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

In these verses, Paul highlights that each part of the body, whilst having very different purposes, are equally as important to the functioning of the whole body.

Each and every one of us has a part to play. To those of you who have, in whatever way, enabled Home for Good to support over 1800 enquirers last year and make 335 referrals to assessing agencies, I want to take this opportunity, once again, to say thank you. You have been a vital part in helping to find a home for every child who needs one.

Mike Chesterton, North West England Lead.

My Place

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.

We were delighted to host the North West leg of the tour in May - a big thank you if you managed to come along and were among the 350+ people who, across the 6 venues, were part of a really powerful and moving evening of theatre.

One professional involved with children in care commented how accurately the play portrayed the stories of the children she encounters on an almost daily basis. One audience member commented: “My Place was a really creative and emotive evening of drama. In a passionate and insightful way, it presented the stories of young people who find themselves in the care system, and it challenged my perceptions of a "one size fits all" journey for them.”

Festival Manchester

There are now just 2 weeks to go to Festival Manchester (1 to 3 July in Wythenshawe Park). The festival promises a weekend full of high-octane music, fun fair and face paints. It’s going to be a massive celebration and a fun family event – and there’s even a beach!

As a partner with Festival Manchester, Home for Good will be there in force and, alongside games, craft activities and much more, we’ll be helping people consider what part they could play in finding a home for every child who needs one. Do come along and say hello to us in the Expo Tent if you can!

Chip Kendall will be releasing a new song written especially for Home for Good, and we will also be launching more peer-support groups across Greater Manchester as we seek to facilitate even more support, equipping and ‘cheering on’ for families stepping forward to support care-experienced children. With so much going on, you don’t want to miss it!

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 North West England.

  • Pray for the ongoing impact of My Place as it continues to tour the UK through to early July – please also pray for good health and strength for the cast as they take on the busy schedule.
  • Pray for many wonderful conversations with those exploring fostering, adoption or supported lodgings – both at Festival Manchester and in the many other opportunities we have across the North West.
  • Pray that more churches, Champions, and leaders will be inspired to join us as we seek to find a home for every child that needs one;
  • Pray that all who attend the Festival Manchester weekend will have an incredible time!
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:
June 2022


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