Forget-Me-Notts is Operation Orphan’s UK based project designed to meet the specific needs of vulnerable children across the East Midlands. Forget-Me-Notts has two strands.
At Christmas and Easter we give chocolate gifts to children who are in care or known to the care system locally. For many of these children this will be the only gift they receive. Reports back from social workers tell us that although this may seem a small gesture, to the children it means a lot; it shows them they are not forgotten.
Through a referral process we are now delivering targeted, practical help to ‘at risk’ children across the East Midlands, in many cases helping to prevent children from being taken into care.
Once the child’s needs are assessed, support agencies such as Social Services submit a referral with an overview of the family’s situation and a list of things that would significantly improve the quality of the children’s environment. These practical items could be anything from clothing or furniture to bedding. These things are basic necessities in any home but are not so easily obtainable for families dealing with unemployment, homelessness or escaping domestic violence where cost becomes a big issue.
We then share the information with as many people as possible through a Facebook group or an email. Once people know what we need they can either bring or send items to our office in Attenborough, make cash donations or purchase them directly from our Amazon wish list. Items purchased through Amazon are sent directly to us and we then make arrangements with the social worker to organise delivery to the family. It can really inspire people when they are able to see exactly what their donation is helping with. Although we can’t ever show pictures of the children we are providing for, the feedback we receive confirms that this is having a huge impact and empowering social workers to make a difference.
We need your help!
In order for us to fulfil the ever-increasing number of referrals, we need help in widening our exposure. This could be linking us to companies or groups, or even your circle of friends – anyone who might be willing to help. Many generous people have already chosen to donate items, buy items from our Amazon wish list or donate money empowering us to purchase the items.
How to get involved
Here are the two ways you can find out about our referrals in real time. There is no expectation for you to give to each request. The purpose of sharing this information is to allow you the opportunity to respond to real needs in real time as and when you are able.
1. LIKE & FOLLOW our Forget-Me-Notts Facebook page.
2. For those of you who don’t use Facebook we are setting up an email group. Those who sign up to this will be notified of the latest referrals and ways to help. Get in touch if you’d like to be added to this list.