Activities For Families And Children
Community Foster Care holds many activities for foster carers and their families throughout the year. These are organised by our Placement Support Workers following consultation with children and young people, as well as foster carers and their birth children.
All family activities are funded by Community Foster Care; sometimes we ask families to meet us at a venue, other times - for more organised trips to places such as Drayton Manor - a coach is put on with pick up points. The activities take into account the age and needs of children being placed, so not all trips will be suitable for every family as there will be specific ones for the younger children.
Young Gloucestershire often help us in the south and come along with their van which has a Wii, iPods and lots of activities for children. They also help us with activities such as archery and graffiti walls and also run lots of events at their offices in central Gloucester which our families and children also attend.
All the staff at Community Foster Care, including Trustees and the Chief Executive, try to attend the activities during the year but they can always be found at the Annual Barbeque at South Cierney, usually cooking sausages and burgers! We hope as the smaller projects grow and develop over the forthcoming year that we can do a similar event in Lancashire and Cumbria.
Gavin, our Placement Support Worker in Gloucestershire, also organises a weekly football club - complete with Community Foster Care strip - which takes place in Gloucester. Gavin collects the young people in the mini bus and they regularly play tournaments with great enthusiasm! This has been particularly beneficial for some of our young people who are unaccompanied asylum seekers and have experienced a lot of trauma - sport overcomes language barriers and the lads really enjoy it.