We’re now on facebook!

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve launched our new facebook page which we’ve built with you in mind. The page has separate sections for parents, employers and carers so it’s easier to access the information that’s most relevant to you.

Features of the site include:

› Holiday clubs and childcare info – listed by region so you can find out what’s available near you › Discussion board › News and updates on our charitable partnership with Honeypot › Information about the Childcare Voucher Providers Association › Videos › Photos

We’ll update the page regularly with the latest news, videos and photos from CVS and our charitable partner Honeypot; and ask for your thoughts on current hot topics via the discussion board and polls.

Visit the page now for photos and videos from our Family Fun Day in Lichfield as well as information about our latest survey - all you need to do to get involved is ‘like’ our page!

And don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter (@CCVouchers) as well.

Family Fun at the Lichfield office!

It’s National Family Week this week and we celebrated – albeit a little early – with a Family Fun Day at the Lichfield office last Friday! The Honeypot Playbus came to visit and employees brought their children along to make the most of the break in the weather and activities on the bus.

The bus is packed full of games, toys, arts and crafts and spends its’ time travelling to see children who are in between stays at Honeypot House. The team – Ray, Leanne and Jackie – took time out of their busy schedule to come along to our afternoon event and help us find out more about Honeypot House as well as keep the children entertained!

Alongside activities on the bus we ran several fundraising events including name the teddy, a raffle, cake stall and tuck shop; we even auctioned off a day in a Ferrari! In total we managed to raise a fantastic £580 to support the great work Honeypot does.

Check out this video from the event:

And here’s a few pics of the fun:

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National Family Week runs until 5th June and is the biggest annual celebration of family life in the UK in which a whole host of family activities take place across the country. To find out how you can get involved, or for activities near you, check out their website.

A day in the life of…a child at Honeypot – Harrison and Lucy

[caption id="attachment_487" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Honeypot House, New Forest"][/caption]The week after Rhiannon had her first break at Honeypot House, brother and sister Harrison (5) and Lucy (10) got to go to the New Forest for their first holiday. Clare Holloway, Children’s Services Manager at Honeypot, tells us about their time at the house. Harrison and Lucy live with their birth parents. Their mother suffered a serious head injury when she fell from an upstairs window whilst sleep walking which has resulted in her having difficulty with walking, communication and caring for her children. She was in hospital for over seven months and their father gave up work to care for them.

Harrison was only 14 months old when the accident happened and has only known his Mum this way. He helps out at home by getting her things when she needs them. Lucy has supported her father both emotionally and physically since the accident; she helps to take care of her brother and mother and appears much older than her years. Their father has returned to work (part-time) as his wife now has a carer to help with personal care.

Whilst the children were at Honeypot House they enjoyed playing outdoors with new-found friends, riding bikes, jumping on the trampolines, splashing around in the swimming pool and making a wish cake. They spent a day at Moors Valley Country Park where they were able to climb under and over obstacles in the forest made from the felled trees and also visited the local children’s theme park.

They returned home to their parents with their Honeypot back-packs stuffed full of goodies like a big Easter egg, a snuggle wrap (cuddly blanket) and prizes they won during a party on the last evening.

This break has allowed the children to be children for a short while without worrying whether they are making too much noise, disturbing their mother, or being on hand to support her in whatever way they can.

These opinions are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Computershare Voucher Services.

CVS to support children’s charity Honeypot

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I’m thrilled to be able to announce that we’ve recently launched a charitable partnership with Honeypot, a charity that offers a lifeline to young carers and some of the country’s most vulnerable children.

Honeypot is a fantastic charity that provides respite holidays and on-going outreach support to young carers and children at risk. The charity supports around 1000 children every year, all aged between 5 – 12 years.

The programme of long-term support that Honeypot provides gives young people a break from the demanding conditions at home – where some of them are carers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – and provides a nurturing environment in which they can make new friends, develop their full potential and just be children for a few days.

The team here at CVS will be taking part in a number of activities over the coming year to support the charity, including fundraising, events and volunteering projects that’ll see us getting our hands dirty to help maintain the charity’s premises and gardens!

We’re also sponsoring a group of young carers when they go on their first respite break at Honeypot House – the charity’s residential holiday home in the New Forest – during the Easter holidays.

This partnership is a natural fit for us. Whilst we support families in facilitating childcare, Honeypot work at the other end of the scale; helping young people who are caring for family members.

Myself and the team are looking forward to the year ahead and the opportunity to support the invaluable work Honeypot do for young carers, some of whom have been carers since they were 5 years old.

Keep an eye out for our series of blogs ‘A day in the life of a Honeypot carer’ for an insight into what the team get up to at Honeypot House.

Visit the website to find out more about Honeypot.