Action for Children

Action for Children's vision is of a world where all children and young people have a sense of belonging and are loved and valued. A world where they can break through injustice and deprivation and fulfil their potential. Our operational mission is to support and speak out for vulnerable children and their families. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the barriers that hold them back. We believe in early intervention, supporting families as soon as problems come up.
Aug 29, 2014

We have already raised 100,000!

Friday the 3rd of October 2014 will be the 17th annual Byte Night. This year will see over 1,900 professionals sleeping out across 8 UK locations including, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Reading and London, raising £1.3 million to help tackle the root causes of youth homelessness.

In London 300 sleepers will enjoy an evening of entertainment and networking, followed by a night’s sleep in the in the shadow of the iconic Tower Bridge. Last year over 37 people from Dell slept out in London, Thames Valley and Edinburgh to raise over £13,000, generously donated by hundreds of people sponsoring them, so thank you for your continued support to help vulnerable children and young people across the UK at risk of youth homelessness.

Byte Night is the technology industry's annual sleep out in support of Action for Children and for over 17 years technology professionals have been changing young people's lives. Each year over a thousand individuals and teams from across the technology and business community spend a night exposed to the elements in a bid to raise sponsorship and awareness of Action for Children's work to help prevent youth homelessness. Action for Children helps to prevent youth homelessness through early intervention by ensuring that young people across the UK are given the support they need before it's too late.  Thanks to you Action for Children has helped thousands more young people at risk of homelessness to build better lives by providing essential support, accommodation, education and training.

Many thanks for your support and for more information please visit www.bytenight.org.uk or email Nicola Bogle on Nicola_Bogle@DELL.com

Apr 30, 2014

Action for Children, in the words of Sean...

In his own wordsSean was a young carer with our Birmingham Young Carers project, and now he works there.

‘Action for Children changes lives.

‘Action for Children can meet the needs of all sorts of children and young people. The staff aim to find out the problems in a child or family’s life and eliminate them by working alongside them. They don’t judge families. They will take an individual approach to helping every family they meet.

‘Action for Children has helped me progress through life. To me, it’s family – the charity has supported me through personal issues that people would only normally tell friends or family members about.

‘Action for Children turned my weaknesses into strengths. I was a very shy boy at one stage, but now Action for Children has developed me to the point where I can to deliver speeches to large numbers of people. The staff have made me optimistic when I face problems, and helped me deal with them.

‘Even now I’m staff, and no longer a service user, I know I can approach my previous peers for advice and support – they’re always there for me.’

Sean's story

When Sean first arrived at Action for Children’s Birmingham Young Carers project, he was lonely and shy. He was struggling to care for his mother and brother, and he was barely going to school. Thankfully, Birmingham Young Carers was there to help.

‘When I was younger, I never really wanted to go to school. I was usually at home helping around the house, because my mum was really sick. She had suffered from cancer and then was diagnosed with brittle asthma, which made her quite bed-bound.

‘At the age of six, my main role was to help my mum, to get her medication ready and to look after my younger brother. When I was a bit older, I often just wanted to run away from home, because I felt so alone. I missed so much school that the school got in touch with social services, who put me forward to Action for Children.

‘I remember feeling quite overwhelmed. I used to always be at home – I never mixed with anyone outside of school. So when I first came to Birmingham Young Carers, I was quite shy. I had one-to-one sessions with my case worker, who was really nice. She took me out to eat and we just sat at the park near my house and she just listened to what I had to say.

‘I was put with an older group – I was quite young then, compared to most people starting at the project. I made a friend who helped me break out of my shell and become more confident – even with small things, like getting a taxi. I had never travelled in a black cab before. I then started making friends with people my own age, and we would go on different outings – to places like theme parks and museums.

‘Before Action for Children, I really didn’t feel normal, because I didn’t know many people. But once I became part of Birmingham Young Carers, I found there were other people out there who were going through the same stuff as me. I knew a girl at school who was going through the same thing, and I was shocked that there was actually someone else. It makes you feel like you’re not that different after all.

‘My life completely changed after attending Birmingham Young Carers. As time went on I became more mature, and with the support of Action for Children, I became more confident. Action for Children has given me so many options to choose from. I just want to thank Action for Children for all the help they have given to me.’

Sean has gone from strength to strength since he gave this interview. He’s travelled all around the UK to tell people about our work; he became a mentor; he volunteered at Birmingham Young Carers; and he is now a family support practitioner there, at the same project which helped him.

Apr 30, 2014

Byte Night 2014 is hoping to raise 1.3 million!

Over 1,600 sleepers from the technology and business communities will join Byte Night on Friday 3th October 2014 and “sleep-out” to brave the elements in Belfast, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Midlands, North West, South West and Thames Valley to help us reach our largest ever fundraising target of over £1.3 million across the UK. Since Byte Night began 17 years ago, we have now managed to raise an amazing £6.2 million and are hoping to break the £7 million mark this year.

Last year over 37 people from Dell slept out in London, Thames Valley and Edinburgh to raise over £13,000, generously donated by hundreds of people sponsoring them, so thank you for your continued support to help vulnerable children and young people across the UK at risk of youth homelessness.

Byte Night is the technology industry's annual sleep out in support of Action for Children and for over 17 years technology professionals have been changing young people's lives. Each year over a thousand individuals and teams from across the technology and business community spend a night exposed to the elements in a bid to raise sponsorship and awareness of Action for Children's work to help prevent youth homelessness. Action for Children helps to prevent youth homelessness through early intervention by ensuring that young people across the UK are given the support they need before it's too late.  Thanks to you Action for Children has helped thousands more young people at risk of homelessness to build better lives by providing essential support, accommodation, education and training.

Many thanks for your support and for more information please visit www.bytenight.org.uk or email Nicola Bogle on Nicola_Bogle@DELL.com

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