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Compass Children’s Homes Proudly Sponsors MOVE Charity

Compass community ops board
This November we as Compass Community had the honour of being the main sponsor of the MOVE Charity ball. MOVE Against Cancer do fantastic work with people living with and beyond cancer.

Being diagnosed with cancer means people face an extremely tough journey. There is so much thrown at you both physically and mentally during treatment and it doesn’t just stop there.

Who are MOVE?

MOVE provide practical and online support to people living with and beyond cancer. We focus our services on children and young people living with and beyond cancer and a wider age range through our new 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer initiative linked to parkrun.

A cancer diagnosis can be life changing, MOVE is there to support those diagnosed every step of the way through the power of movement, physical activity, and exercise.

Being diagnosed with cancer means people face an extremely tough journey. There is so much thrown at you both physically and mentally during treatment and it doesn’t just stop there.

According to MOVE’s website, the current evidence base for cancer survivorship strongly encourages participation in physical activity, with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative stating that there is ‘persuasive evidence that a healthy lifestyle during and after cancer is associated with improved physical and psychological well-being’.

MOVE provides practical support through their online support programme for children and young people. Their 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer groups are available for all ages and abilities.

‘I ran the whole of Vicky Park, Leicester 5k Your Way after my first chemo. I got to give my oncologist and chemo nurse a big hug and say thank you for their help so far.

The MOVE Charity Ball 2021

The charity ran a fundraising ball in November, celebrating the amazing work they do along with raising awareness to all they do. MOVE managed to raise an incredible £25,000 (and counting!) for the charity.

They said “we are blown away by all the incredible support and love in the room last night. 200 wonderful people making last night such a huge success”.

Some of our Compass team were lucky enough to be invited along, and our board of operations had a wonderful evening fundraising for the charity. It was brilliant to be able to scrub up and do our bit!

“MOVE charity itself and what we do wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of our friends, family, supporters, and community. It was just amazing to bring everyone together last night for the ball for one incredible evening”.

The night involved:
• Live music from Adam Sheldon
• Lots of fundraising
• Lewis Moses our epic host
• Reverse bingo
• The incredibly inspiring Sophie sharing her moving story
• Silent and live auctions
• The man, the legend, Steve Cram live on stage
• Red bull champion break-dancers
• And the fantastic band The Jamlocks for one hell of a party to finish

MOVE would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make last night possible and a huge success.

We are so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing and wonderful people. Thank you”

Compass were so proud to be a part of the fundraiser, and to be able to support such an incredible cause. If you would like to donate to MOVE, you can do so here.

Meeting the Team: Hi Adam!

Meeting the team, Adam Holland Hobbs

Adam has been working with Compass Children’s Homes for a number of years, he started out as a Residential Support Worker, helping out in our homes. Senior Regional Operations Manager

What’s your story Adam?

“I started working in residential care in 2009 as a Support Worker. After some years working in residential children’s services alongside Ben Jordan, in 2014 I became the Registered Manager for one of our homes in the South of England. I ran the home for 2 years and maintained outstanding throughout my tenure.

I had some time away, during this I was the Area Manager for a vastly smaller organisation, who upon my arrival, had just 1 outstanding home, 3 good homes, 1 requires improvement and 1 inadequate home. By the time I left the organisation to return to Compass this had improved to 3 outstanding homes and 3 good homes. (I am proud to say I played a part in improving quality across the board and implement better and more efficient systems!)

Since returning to Compass, I have been re-acquainting myself with the services I knew well previously. I have been learning about the many new services that we provide and meeting our newer managers that we now have. I’ve also been taking on management of four Regional Operations Managers”. These four managers overlook each ‘region’ we have our homes in, so that there is enough support for each individual house manager within that space. We work all over the country, so it is important to have a great network of communication and support.

“Due to my experience and knowledge in the field of safeguarding I have also been completing case reviews of investigations and disciplinaries to ensure service safety as well as best possible outcomes for children”.

What’s for the future?

“I will be focusing on ensuring that our homes continually strive for excellence in providing outstanding care for the children we are privileged to be caring for”.

If you’re interested in joining one of our teams based all over England, take a look at our current vacancies available. We’d love to hear from you!

Compass Children’s Homes Raising money for Coco Foundation Charity

Compass childrens homes and coco foundations logos
The past 18 months have been incredibly tough for people all over the world. When there is so much happening that has had a negative impact on so many, it’s important to take a step back and celebrate the good that’s come from 2020 and 2021 too.

Sometimes it is our children that show us the light in what can be pretty dark times, helping us to remember and realise their power and that every child has a voice.
Four years ago, Coco Foundation we were invited to visit one of our Compass Children’s Homes. The Founder of the CoCo’s Foundation said, ‘it is has [always] been my belief that every child has something to give in the world we live in’.

CoCo’s Foundation came to us and did a presentation to our young people about the work that they carry out, and our children took it upon themselves to find out even more over the coming months.

The children we look after are inspiring individuals with a great nature for giving. They are constantly thinking of new ways to help those less fortunate than themselves.
In 2021 Compass, including our young people, took it upon themselves to raise money to support children that they have never met.

The founder of the charity said ‘after hearing that the CoCo’s Foundation were raising £10,000 to purchase a farm in Uganda to build a children’s home on it for 101 children.

After 24hrs of FUN’d raising we were £1,000 short of our target. We were blown away when the children of Compass Children’s Homes request that the money they had raised was to take us over the finish line and the children in Uganda could have a place they could call home.

Thank you to the Children of the Compass House and guiding us to hit the target!

Thank you to our endlessly inspiring young people, with a giving spirit! We are so proud of the choices they make.