WELCOME TO THE FEVACA FOUNDATION
WHO WE ARE
FEVACA is a company that has been working with care leavers, children in care and vulnerable people in the community since 2011: The Directors, Caroline and Lionel have worked with like-minded individuals from social care, health, education and business to create THE FEVACA FOUNDATION, a new and completely separate organisation, so that support which is beyond their ability can be met through a wider, larger and more significant response. The Foundation is currently registering as a charity with the Charities Commission and is a Charitable Incorporated Company with Companies House.
WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?
The trustees have the experience and knowledge to know how the most simple and obvious needs are slipping through the gaps in government, private and voluntary sector support. This is leaving care leavers with no safety net when they don't manage to survive on £57 a week, and leaving adults with disabilities at home and unable to afford the access to basic services which would help them socialise and develop their interpersonal skills.
Often many of these crisis of poverty and social isolation are easily resolved but this can take money, sometimes very small pockets of money. We wish to build an organisation which can offer a helping hand when it is most needed, a small crisis payment to help someone get the electric back on, or fund a support worker to help them learn to budget their meagre funds better in future.
Initially we expect to be supporting local care leavers and vulnerable adults, but we hope that rather than always reacting to the crisis, we can also develop streams of funding and support which will enable beneficiaries of the charity to access educational opportunities, pathways into work, and positive experiences which they may never have accessed; these could be large international educational experiences, or smaller projects such as visits to a restaurant or the theatre – both experiences we have known many young adults to never have had during childhood!
Therefore, the Foundation will be able to support children, young people and vulnerable adults to reach their potential, survive a crisis, and access the opportunities that many of us take for granted.
We want to be there when someone feels like all the options have run out and there is nowhere else to go.
WHY HELP US
Austerity in the UK continues to impact the vulnerable in our society the most, and whilst many people struggle to afford luxury, for others the limitations of finances can mean a choice between paying bills or buying food! Often it takes very little to help people get through the week without going hungry, or being cold. However, the FEVACA Foundation will not take responsibility for the duties of local government and other stakeholders and we are aiming towards supporting beneficiaries to be able to live independently and contribute back into society.
HOW WILL WE SUPPORT?
The Foundation is particularly concerned about: Care Leavers: In the UK, children in care are offered lots of support, but sadly, when they turn 18 years of age there is little if any support still in place. Surviving on as little as £57 per week there is often no opportunity to ring home for help when the budgeting didn’t work, the fridge is empty, or the electric has run out! This kind of poverty, loneliness and isolation post 18 is genuinely horrifying. There is no government funding for individuals and the support from food banks etc just is not enough.
Children in Care: Whilst there is a raft of legislation and support which provides financial and wider support to children within the care system, it does not always provide for more bespoke projects which may expose a talented young person to new experiences, which aid their development as a person. Many young people in care have significant limitations on funds after 16 and even small trips to the cinema or a sports centre can become almost impossible to afford. Supporting this group to access grants for educational and employment development is critical but the foundation would like to develop one off projects to broaden a child’s experience of the world in which they live and promote opportunities which they are not usually exposed to.
Vulnerable Adults: Often those with significant disabilities ,who do not have the ability to work, access mainstream government funding for their financial needs, but this can be incredibly limiting and meet only the most simple lifestyle and routine. Whether The foundation funds individuals to access social and learning activities or begins to run them because there is a lack of provision, we are open to options and responding to the needs of individual and groups within each community.
WHAT DO WE NEED?
We are aiming to initially gain £10,000 of funding which will kick start the project and create a deposit which can be used to begin the work which is essential to help people now. However, we also envisage larger projects and an overwhelming demand, so longer term goals of an administrator and grants to support people in education or making a home are also within are sights for 2018.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US?
We are already planning events for 2018 and hope to run an Auction of Promises, Sponsored Sports Events and more.
If you would like to find out more, attend the launch event or can offer support of resources for the Foundation, please make contact.