A few days ago I read a post over at 'Lily's Quilts' regarding a charity 'Siblings Together'. It's a UK based charity aiming to reunite children separated from their siblings in foster care (as of course finding placements for several children together must be extremely difficult!) -be that for occasional days out or in some cases week long retreats.
Lynne has spearheaded a bit of a campaign to donate quilts in order for the children have a little token to take home and cherish as a reminder of their (sometimes rare) time spent with brothers and sisters at these retreats.
So time for a bit of back story. I was taken into care at 18 months old alongside my brother who is 3 years older. I was raised by my foster family and became completely estranged from my birth relatives at about 10 years old. Around this time my elder brother made the decision to return to our birth parents resulting in our separation.
|My brother and I circa 1988.|
Happily many years later we are now back in touch but I can vouch for this experience being extremely painful. I think it's vitally important for looked after children to feel valued and supported by society -which is often far too quick to focus on and widely publicise their statistical probability of failure. Needless to say this a cause close to my heart so I am appealing for a little help.
Despite being a bit of a quilting novice I'm organising a Bristol get together and 'Quilting Bee'. We'll be settling on a colour scheme in advance so that people can raid their stash and contribute a few set blocks to a group quilt over the course of the afternoon / evening.
Kirsten has kindly allowed me to use the space at Make & Do so if you're local to the Bristol area and would like to come along please get in touch for further details (dates to be confirmed!). If you're not local then not to worry! We'll be sure to post details of our plans in advance so that anyone wanting to pop a block or too in the post can still join in!
Do head to the 'Siblings together' website for a little further info as there are many other ways to volunteer and help out.