Cooking together, first holidays and going to the seaside are all some of the first special memories foster carers and a former foster child have shared in a heart-warming video marking Foster Care Fortnight.
Tommy Wardle, expressed his gratitude to his Foster Carers who he now calls Mum and Dad, for all the special moments they provided during his childhood.
“I’d never been on holiday before and just going to a caravan and getting to be outside exploring the wilderness was amazing” he explained, “even going to the cinema was impressive to me.”
Dave and Paula, Somerset based foster carers for 15 years, said: “Children arrive from traumatised backgrounds and you take them to places for the first time whether it’s the beach or a birthday party. When we took foster children to the beach for the first time they just froze, they’d never seen sand before. After about ten minutes they absolutely loved it and by the end of the day we couldn’t get them out of the sea! We’ve now bought them a wetsuit and a body board so they can be like their friends at school and enjoy the sea.”
Paula Martin, fostering for 7 years, spoke about the joy children express when Foster Carers show interest in them and come to their parents’ evenings and Christmas plays she said: “They’re there scanning the crowd and when they see you they give you the thumbs up. They’re just so excited that someone is there to watch them.”
Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May) highlights more foster carers are needed throughout Somerset, to help make a difference to the lives of the 500 children in care in the County.
“If you can provide a safe and loving home for a child or young person we would love to hear from you. There are many information events taking place across the county during Foster Care Fortnight, where you can talk to our friendly team to find out more.”
Tuesday 16 May @ 7pm in the Wessex Hotel at Street, BA16 OEF
Friday 19 May @ Tesco, Glastonbury from 10am to 3pm
Saturday 20th May @ Tesco, Shepton Mallet from 10am to 3pm
Find all future information event dates here: www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk/eventsYou can find out more about fostering, by calling 0800 587 9900. Alternatively, visit www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk, ‘like’ the Fostering in Somerset Facebook page or follow @fostersomerset on Twitter.