Hi Everyone and Merry Christmas!
We cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by.
2018 has seen enormous growth and development within Team Jak throughout Scotland to the point we now have Coordinators for the whole of the East of Scotland, and more support than before in the West with a view to further support for our lovely West of Scotland families very soon.
We are now supporting Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen hospitals regularly with items as requested going to Dundee and smaller wards also.
Our family outreach programme is well underway with our fabulous Coordinators and Support Workers visiting families in their own homes if they can’t get to the Den or Pop up activities, taking the activities and cake to them! Sadly we have more children and parents in our counselling and therapy programmes than ever however we are delighted and honoured we are in a position to be able to help them.
Our Bag of Worries Sibling and Warrior Support Groups are proving very beneficial, as are our visits to local schools supporting warriors and also our angel families through Seasons for Growth and Give Us a Break for schools. We also provide tutoring for any warrior struggling with schoolwork either from Jak’s Den or at home.
Our targeted support sessions for warriors, siblings, mums, dads, grandparents and whole families have been very popular both at Jak’s Den and our Pop Up Dens and we were very excited to welcome a number of families to our first Lothian and Borders Pop up event last month.
Watch this space next month to hear our plans for Jak’s Den Mk 2! Yes we have been very quiet and we had hoped this would be open this year. However in the nature of building works we have unfortunately had delays outwith our control and whilst the takedown work is done we are ready and rearing to start the renovation in earnest in January – but we will keep all that exciting news for next month 😊
We are also very excited that our website is about to be completely revamped and we are hoping this will be live in time for Jak’s Ball on 23rd February (please see below for more info and how to book).
Thank you again for all your support. It is a huge privilege to be able to create smiles and ease the journey of our inspirational superheroes and their families. Whatever your own journey, we wish you some peace and all our love this Christmas and always.