"I am Maggie and I have been a respite carer with Community Foster Care for over two years and am linked with a number of children and young people who come for a few hours to have their tea, or visit for the weekend and some who stay a few weeks.
I keep in close contact with their foster carers and make sure that I continue with the routine and boundaries so that the children and young people feel safe whilst also having lots of fun!"
Maggie became interested in fostering about four years ago following the crisis in Albania when many children were placed in orphanages. Together with other members of her community, they gathered clothing and medical supplies and enlisted the support of Parcel Force to transport three tons of items free of charge!
Maggie then thought of the children in Gloucester and decided as a single carer to offer respite rather than foster on a full time basis and she has been such a valuable resource for our foster carers.
With regards to the rewards, Maggie says: "When I cook a meal and the young person’s eyes light up – that is reward enough." Maggie also feels that she is very much part of a team - all working together to make a real difference in the lives of children.