It’s in the bag

Did you know that over 31,000 children in England are taken into foster care every year?

Or that nearly 300 of them live in Nottingham – that’s one child entering foster care in Nottingham alone every 32 hours?

As a foster carer who accepts emergency placements, Nicola Barber understands only too well how arriving in an unfamiliar environment, often with few if any possessions, can affect a child’s pride, self esteem, dignity and confidence.

And it’s that understanding which inspired her to find a way to make a difference to some of the city’s most vulnerable…

Primary teacher, parent and taekwondo instructor Nicola joins the Girls Around Town in the studio this weekend to explain how, with the help of family and friends, she set out to do just that through the charity My Bag.

To help foster children have a more positive experience, My Bag provides a holdall filled with a variety of items they can call their own for as long as they wish to and take with them should they move.

“We want children in foster care to feel like children and we believe this is an important first step in doing so,” says Nicola. “Hopefully it will give them some self esteem and confidence and go some way towards helping them feel like they belong.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to find out just how the system works and what goes into each My Bag holdall.

And how you could help Nicola and her fellow trustees continue to make a difference for these children at a difficult time in their lives…

Building kids’ skills for life


Whether you’re a parent, teacher, carer, learning mentor or head of a school, if you want to find out how to help the children in your care reach their true potential, this week’s guest interview is one you need  to hear!

Jackie Wilson – co-founder of Kidsskills4life, along with Libby Steggles-Ginn – will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about how its programmes are designed to give children the tools they need to help their self-confidence, self-belief and self-esteem flourish and grow.

Jackie will be explaining how the use of methods underpinned by Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, NLP, Mindfulness and Yoga techniques will help them understand and regulate their own emotions and strive to be the best they can.

Tune in from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday or listen online to find out more about how Jackie and her team deliver their programmes in a fun, stimulating and impactful way to build skills for life for the next generation.