Exeter-based child care provider, Five Rivers, is holding a virtual event ahead of Care Day, the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience. This year’s event is set to be attended by hundreds of foster carers and care-experienced children from across the country.
On Thursday, 18 February from 6.30pm to 8pm, Five Rivers Child Care will be hosting an evening of virtual entertainment to mark Care Day, an internationally celebrated event which is the following day.
This year’s celebration is the largest Five Rivers Child Care has held in its 30 years of supporting children in care, with hundreds of foster carers and children attending from all four corners of England and the Republic of Ireland. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Love’ and what that means, which was chosen by the children cared for by Fiver Rivers. To incorporate the theme into this year’s events, Five Rivers held a poetry workshop with poet and mental health activist, Clare Shaw, who taught the children how to craft a poem. The resulting poems will be shared at the event as part of the evening’s entertainment.
This year’s Care Day event will also include a performance by care-experienced artist and rapper, Ric Flo, as well as an exhibition of art projections created in partnership with the University of Plymouth. A mosaic comprised of self portraits created by the children and Five Rivers’ staff will also be unveiled on the night.
Olivia Doherty, National Participation and Engagement Officer, at Five Rivers Child Care, said: “Care Day is a special day in our calendars where we can come together to celebrate the children and their bravery and resilience, as well as their many achievements.
“Due to government restrictions, having to hold a virtual event this year has given us the opportunity to put together a fantastic schedule of performances and talks. We have also been able to incorporate more people in this year’s event than we ever have before, which means that on the evening we will be joined by hundreds of families from across England and the Republic of Ireland, who will be tuning in to celebrate the achievements of children living in care.
“Foster carers from any organisation as well as care-experienced children, are more than welcome to attend the event.”
The evening will also feature talks from Pam McConnell, CEO and founder of Five Rivers Child Care, and Deirdre McDonagh, the managing director of Five Rivers Ireland, as well as Eleanor Seed who will be speaking on behalf of the organisation Investing in Children.
To register for the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Five Rivers Child Care, please visit:www.five-rivers.org.