If someone were to tell you that we had bikers take the lead on our monthly foster carer training in February, it would probably elicit a raised eyebrow or two. We’re not pulling your leg though; last month we had BACA in to present training to the carers!
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is an international nonprofit that recruits volunteer bikers as a system of support for kids who are the victims of family abuse. They’ve been around for twenty years but are finally getting the recognition they deserve for the important support they provide.
BACA organizations are all over the world, in places like New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States. They go through extensive background checks and training for handling sensitive situations. The bikers give the child their own BACA vest and adopt child-friendly names such as “Scooter” and “Pooh Bear.” They visit the child when requested as well as standing watch if the child is afraid of their abuser stopping by the home. If a child is forced to give testimony of their abuse in court, the bikers will escort the child to the stand.
And they do it for free.
Achievers of the Month
A big thank you to The Alex Timpson Trust for funding this project.
- January – we had two achiever of the month awards. One was for making lots of new friends, working really hard and showing good progress.
- February – two awards for helping support and build positive friendships between young people.
Half Term Activities
On 19 February, we took a group of young people to Laser Tag for a day of fun team building and building positive friendships.
Jade has organised an Easter Raffle with some fantastic prizes on offer. If you’d like to buy a ticket, please visit Jade when you are next at Freedom HQ.
1st Prize – Dudley Zoo tickets x2 with Tiger Teddy
2nd Prize – Large Bunny with Easter Egg
3rd Prize – Easter Arts and Crafts set