Hereford supermarkets Tesco and Sainsbury’s have donated items and money to an initiative supported by Herefordshire’s Children in Care Council.
The ‘Pack a Tack’ initiative was created by young people in the Children in Care Council to provide a pack for children and young people who have become ‘looked after’ by the local authority. Children in care were asked what they would find most useful, and items were suggested including notebooks and pens, torches, nightlights, books, soft toys, stress balls and diaries. The scheme was thought up by a group of children ten years ago after they realised they had all felt a little unsettled when they first went to live with foster carers. They wanted other children to feel they had some useful, but fun things as well as information leaflets.
Debbie Barnett, Participation and Mentoring Officer, and link worker for the Children in Care Council, said: “When children and young people become looked after it can be a very anxious and lonely time for them. We hope that the Pack a Tack will help young people feel less alone and to support them to know that there are other young people who have been through the same experiences.
“We have relied heavily on donations for the packs and would like to thank Sainsbury’s and Tesco for their support.”
Herefordshire Children in Care Council are a group of young people who are ‘looked after’ by Herefordshire Council. They meet regularly to ensure that the views of looked after children are taken into account when planning services and to shape and influence the parenting they receive from the council.