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How short break foster carers make a difference

How short break foster carers make a difference

Short Break Foster Carers previously called Respite Foster Carers are an essential part of the Moon and Back team. The Foster Carers that provide this type of care can be the glue needed to support families to be whole again and for foster carers to succeed in their...

Alison’s story

Alison’s story

The team know my pets have a habit of joining meetings. I usually start the day about 6.00am, reading the morning papers on my phone in bed before I face the world. It is not normally that long before I need caffeine to kick start the day, not a great habit, but most people have one vice and coffee is mine.

On a good day I will start the day with some mediation and yoga, – I love YouTube for this, or I use an app on my phone. On a less focused day, the TV goes on for half an hour while I eat my toast and enjoy the quiet time before I get going.

Angela’s story

Angela’s story

I usually wake about 07.00 and listen to the radio whilst having my first cup of tea and a stretch. I am in training for a long bike ride, from Milan to Venice, raising funds for Women versus Cancer, which has been postponed so many times due to Covid, but we are more hopeful this will happen this year, so there is a sense of urgency, on my part, to get back into training.

Pauline and Joe’s story

Pauline and Joe’s story

We have been fostering for just over 9 years. Our day starts early, we have a rescue dog, and he demands our attention quite early in the morning at the moment. Joe works full time and leaves home about 7.30, he usually takes the dog out for a quick stroll whilst I make sure that our fostered child has everything he needs for the day at school. He’s very bright, but sometimes struggles to keep his attention in school. At his first primary school we struggled to get what he needed and he was often disruptive in class. We initially had to drive him to and from his original school which was quite a way from where we lived. He was tired from the very start, because we had to leave home at 7.30 to make sure he was in school on time and whilst the teachers were lovely to him, his social worker Jenny, felt he would benefit from a new start and we were able to find a school nearer to us, within walking distance. He made some new friends and he settled well. He’s now at secondary school. He’s obsessed with football. Joe thankfully loves football, and he takes him to matches most Saturdays and football practice at least once a week.

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