Connect

In a nutshell, Connect is a free community exclusively for TACT care-experienced young people and adults that’s tailored to the needs and interests of our members.

The aim of Connect when it was first created was to be there, no matter what, for our care-experienced young people from the age of 15 throughout adulthood. Over time, Connect has become so much more…

Connect is so many things for so many different types of people!  We celebrate being a diverse group and welcome a variety of members, including those with different experiences of care, members with diverse needs, and we can access interpreters through Big Word, when necessary.

Our welcoming community is co-created by members and a friendly team of dedicated staff (many of whom are care experienced) and we offer content and communication in a variety of ways.

There’s so much available with Connect – from events, courses, news and support resources, to freebies, discounts, and opportunities. Whether members want to access it all or just keep us in their back pocket for a time when it may be helpful, Connect membership can be exactly what each person wants it to be!

Who can join?

Anyone aged 15 or above who has lived with, or is currently living with, TACT foster parents can become a member of Connect! Upon joining, a welcome box will be sent in the post and the new member will receive their own unique log-in to the Connect hub – they can then begin enjoying the many perks of our membership package, as listed below.

 

 

What are some of the perks to being a member?

What we offer members is always under review and, as Connect is all about collaboration, we are always open to listening to what our members want and how we can develop Connect together.

That said, some of the key perks and services that we currently offer to our members (all completely free of charge!) include:

– A membership welcome box
– Access to our members-only Connect Hub online
– Connected (our member magazine)
– Online meetups & special interest groups (e.g. gaming, Singo, movie night)
– Workshops (e.g. cooking crew, crafting, writing)
– Monthly freebies / gifts from our Bargain Bay
– Weekend holidays away (for those aged 18+)
– Accredited courses with ASDAN
– Access to our Connect financial-enabling grant
– Paid and voluntary job opportunities
– Bespoke education and employment guidance
– Support and guidance throughout adulthood

Our TACT Connect welcome box

 

Our TACT Connect magazine

 

Our TACT Connect hub

 

 

Upon Joining…

Members can access all these benefits on our Connect Hub, the go-to place for everything relating to Connect!

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Who’s behind the day-to-day running of TACT Connect?

Our Connect scheme is run by a dedicated and passionate team, many of whom are therapeutically trained, and some who are care-experienced themselves, so there is a real sense of empathy and understanding that comes with the community. Our team works collaboratively with our members to constantly improve the Hub and the benefits we offer.

If you’d like to speak to our friendly team, please email [email protected], or call 020 8695 8107.

 

 

What’s the process for becoming a member?

1. Fill out the registration form on this page.

2. One of the Connect team will contact you to arrange a convenient time to chat. We will introduce ourselves, get to know you a little and answer any questions you might have.

3. We’ll then send you a welcome email with a login to the Connect Hub, our exclusive online members’ area.

4. You’ll receive your Connect membership box in the post (full of practical and fun goodies).

5. You’ll now be ready to begin your Connect journey and explore everything that’s on offer.

It’d be great to see you at one of our regular online meetups where you can get to know other members and make new friends!