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Asphaleia Fostering News Flash!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Good news for our foster carers! From January 2018 we have decided to open up our monthly training sessions and workshops to our foster carer’s families, adult birth children and friends and family support networks. We recognise that fostering is very much a family affair. Fostering children makes a difference to everyone in the foster home, including adult sons, daughters other wider family members and friends.

Having foster children living in your home can be a positive and rewarding experience for the whole family. Sons, daughters, families and friends have a very important role to play. and families can experience a range of emotions, both positive and negative and there will be highs and lows for everyone in the family.

To keep the home safer for everyone, some of the every day things you do as a family changes and this impacts everyone. We appreciate the input from family and friends to children and young people and we hope the invitations to regular training and workshops can help our carers and the fostered children to feel safe and also help everyone keep themselves safe.

   

Celebrate Sons and Daughters month for Fostering

Monday, October 16th, 2017

This month we are celebrating the sons and daughters of our foster carers for sons and daughters month! They play a huge role in home life for a fostered child and we are delighted to be able to celebrate their valuable contribution to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Let’s introduce you to one of our sons and daughters as they tell us more about offering their home to a fostered child.

What is your favourite part about being a foster sister or brother? Teaching and learning new things with them… playing with them, doing everyday things with them, laughing together or crying together sometimes.

What is the hardest part about being a foster sister or brother? Saying good bye and sometimes listening to them shouting at my parent.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself since your family started fostering? Strength & weakness? I guess I found out that I am stronger than I thought; even though it was hard to say good bye it didn’t stop me from wanting to say hi to the next child. And I guess my weakness is that I don’t always understand others problems and how they affect their lives.

Are you interested in fostering? If so, please give Kim or Tendai a call on 01903 522966.

Fostering annual summer BBQ enjoys sunshine…& showers

Friday, September 1st, 2017

On 19 August the fostering team held their annual summer BBQ on the beach in Worthing, West Sussex.

Foster carers and their families enjoyed some special time together, whilst enjoying good food, music and, most importantly, each other’s company.

Foster carer Guz sent us this feedback afterwards:

“I have just returned from our annual summer BBQ and wanted to let you know that Matt and I had a really good time today and to thank you for that.

“Even though there was a heavy shower near the beginning, somehow it was fun getting things out of the rain and watching Kim and Matt attempting to light the BBQ while it was hammering down was rather amusing and the fact that we were all in it together made even the rainy bit enjoyable.

“The food was very tasty and the BBQ was very well organised, you seemed to have covered all that one might want to eat. It is always nice to catch up with fellow carers and because it is an all day event we had lots of time to chat, loved the music as well. Anyway thank you again for a great day, look forward to our next event.”

If you would like to know more about fostering with asphaleia, please call us on 01903 522966 or check out our twitter page @aspfostering.

Are you able to make a difference to a child’s life?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Are you able to make a difference to a child life and help teach them new things?

Would you be able to provide a home for children?

We are currently looking for kind and caring foster carers in the Surrey, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove area.

If this is something that you would like to learn more about, please call us on 01903 823546.

 

 

Fostering with asphaleia

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Why?

We care about outcomes for children and support our carers. At asphaleia we take a holistic approach to the whole family who foster. We provide 24 hour support, regular training and meetings and of course events for the whole family to attend.

Who?

Are you one of the families that could provide a caring home to a young person, that maybe has not had the best start with life. To make a difference the first step begins with building trust, because after this confidence grows and then achievements begin. You need to have is a spare room, time and patience, if this is you then come and talk to us.

How?

On 5th July 2017 between 12pm and 5pm we will be in Tesco’s Holmbush in Shoreham near the bakery. If this is not possible then please call us on 01903 823546 and ask for Tendai or Kim for more information. In 2016 it was recorded that 9,000 foster carers are needed, so if you can, come and join our fostering team.

Looking for Foster Carers

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Advertised in the local paper this week were figures about the shortage of foster carers. Can you help?

Please put a date in your diary to come along and talk to us about a new career as a foster carer. We are a fostering agency in Worthing who take an holistic approach to helping children build futures.

We will be in Tesco’s Holmbush in Shoreham on the 5th July from 12pm near the bakery department. We will be able to tell you all about fostering and make you a hot drink.

Tendai & Kim look forward to meeting you, for more information please call us on 01903 823546

 

 

 

 

 

asphaleia’s Bake off day

Monday, June 5th, 2017

How good are you at cooking?

Last week  asphaleia fostering ran a bake off where young people were creative with their designs of cupcakes, but the best part will be the tasting!!!!!!

Can’t wait to see who will win…we will let you know shortly!

If you would like to join our fostering team, please call us on 01903 823546 and ask for Tendai or Kim we look forward to you joining our events

 

Are you interested in fostering?

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Yes? Maybe? Undecided? Please give us a call on 01903 522966 – we would love to speak with you and have an informal chat.

We can provide you our latest statement of purpose, Ofsted report and enquiry form. We would love to speak with you and find out more about your interest in supporting children in your home.

Foster care fortnight comes to an end

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Another May is drawing to an end, which means foster care fortnight is over for another year.

asphaleia fostering always enjoy getting involved in foster care fortnight and speaking to more people in the local community about becoming a foster carer. It provides a brilliant annual platform for us to increase our awareness raising and speak to people who may have never considered becoming a carer before.

“This year we had the opportunity to speak to people in Tescos superstores in Holmbush and Durrington,” explains Fostering Manager Kim. “It was brilliant to speak to so many people interested in finding out more about fostering. Massive thanks to the Store Managers for allowing us to visit their stores and help us raise awareness.”

We also saw increases in our social media presence with 39 followers added in the 14 day campaign.

We are looking forward to welcoming new carers to the team as a result of our local campaign. If you missed our bright yellow t-shirts out and about and want to know more, please get in touch. Call us on 01903 522966 and ask for Tendai or Kim. We look forward to hearing from you!

Foster child goes camping!

Friday, May 26th, 2017

One of our asphaleia foster carers wanted to share this amazing story with our blog readers….

On collecting W* from her school camping trip yesterday, her teachers informed me that she won the ‘I’m a Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here’ type challenge.

W was the only pupil who volunteered to hold a salmon they had caught in her hands, pluck its eyeballs out and eat them! She told them to make the challenge more entertaining – she even kissed the fish!

Thankfully, W had a great time and returned tired with a huge bag of dirty washing!

If you would like to know more about fostering please call us on 01903 823546 – there are plenty of children like W who need a caring environment to come home to and share their stories and adventures. Could it be you?

*Names have been changed for data protection