Have your children flown the nest?
It’s that time of year when your grown children are coming home for a few weeks, after their first term away at university, or will be visiting you more often if they’ve left home to live independently nearby.
There will be enjoyable times, catching up on their new lives and sharing stories and family time together. But once they’ve gone back to their studies, or back to their own place, the once noisy household will fall silent. The bedroom they were raised in will again lie empty.
But instead of leaving it unoccupied for most of the year, start thinking about how else you could use that room – perhaps an office, a sewing room, a games room, or maybe, just maybe, you could keep it as a bedroom and use it to give another child an opportunity in life.
You could use it to welcome another child into your family - a child who, for whatever reason, can’t live with their own family and needs a place they can call home. Somewhere they feel safe.
There are many children across Slough who need a foster family to help look after them, either in a short-term or long-term capacity, so Slough Children’s Services Trust is seeking more foster carers to come forward and open up their home and their family to a child in need.
Many foster carers have already seen their own children grow up and leave home, but have then decided to continue using their nurturing and parenting skills. They want to continue to be able to offer the love and support they gave their own children to make sure another child has a better opportunity in life – an opportunity to be safe, secure and successful.
Councillor Madhuri Bedi, cabinet member for children, education and families, said: “Fostering is such an incredible way of making a very real contribution to society. It is a chance to make a difference to the life of a child who, through no fault of their own, may not have had the greatest start in life.
“You can never underestimate the impact that good foster carers can have on a child, supporting them in developing opportunities to achieve and succeed in ways they may never have thought possible.”
Do you now have space in your home and space in your heart to support a child in need? Could you help give a child a brighter future?
To find out more about fostering, what it involves and the support Slough Children’s Services Trust can give you, phone 0800 073 0291, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Trust website.