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BREAKING NEWS - Break launches Changing Young Lives

Break, a regional charity, showcases a new strapline and a new focus.

Last night, Break showcased its new strapline – “changing young lives” – and presented the 2012 face of Break to an invited audience of 120 at the Forum, Norwich.

Break has been providing support services for over 40 years. The charity started in 1968 when the Davison Morley Trust was set up by Geoffrey Davison, his fiancée Judith and their friend Leslie Morley. Using rented accommodation and volunteer help, the trust provided holidays for children and families in need. In 1971, the trust changed its name to Break.

Over the years Break has grown and developed its range of services to focus on the changing need of the most vulnerable in society.

Today, Break is changing young lives across East Anglia by supporting children, young people and families in four key areas: Young people in care and moving on; Children and young people with disabilities; Families in need of support and Children at risk.

“In 2012, Break supported over 2,000 individuals, families and carers”

Working in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, Break runs seven family sized homes providing safety and stability for children and young people who, for whatever reason, can no longer live with their own families.

“Whatever was happening, whatever day I’d had – they would still always cuddle me.”

The Moving on Team provides ongoing support for our young people when they leave our homes, helping them learn the skills required for independent living.  Help with education, employment, housing and so on.  This support will continue for as long as it is needed.

“The Moving on Team supported 64 young people in 2012”

Embrace provides support for teenage parents in the community, visiting young families and providing advice and support to help them adjust to running their own home and meeting the needs of their young children.

In the last year Break has launched a therapeutic fostering service and our first group of foster carers have recently been approved.

On behalf of Norfolk County Council, Break also provides assessments for families whose children are at risk, giving families the opportunity to prove that they can keep their children safe from harm, enabling them to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.

“Protection of vulnerable children is our prime focus.  The clarity of our assessments informs referrers whether the needs of a child can be adequately met by the parents or carers, or whether intervention and alternative care arrangements to secure the longer term future for the child are necessary.”

For children and young people with disabilities, in partnership with Norfolk County Council, Break provides short breaks, giving the family a chance to recharge their batteries and the young people the opportunity to join in activities, have fun and develop.

“Ofsted has made particular comments about our short break centres, highlighting the good work regarding equality and diversity, with the children and young people making meaningful choices.”

In October, Break expanded its services to children and families in the community with Families’ House.  Their established reputation for supporting families with a wide range of difficulties in Norwich and Norfolk includes support for families who are “parenting apart”.

“Having someone impartial who listens to you can help put things in perspective”

Our young people are encouraged to have their say and have formed their own council, Break Free.  One of their first projects has been making a film in an effort to change people’s perception of children in care.  This powerful piece directed by Jarone Macklin Page, who himself lived in a Break children’s home had its first showing at last night’s event.

Supporting all our services is our training and development team, providing a range of courses for both internal and external care staff; our 45 retail shops across East Anglia, Lincolnshire and the West Country; our 600 volunteers and our fundraising team, helping to provide highly trained staff and the much needed funding to ensure our services continue to be of the highest quality and to enable Break to grow and develop.

Break CEO, Chris Hoddy, says “In a world of constant change and uncertainty it is vital that organisations like Break continue to work hard on behalf of children, young people and their families.  We feel that ‘changing young lives’ in a positive way sums up very well what Break is all about”.

Click here to read feature in Eastern Daily Press.


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young care leavers supported by our Moving on Team

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