Success for the Fostering Network

Picture1Winners of 10 tickets to the 2014 Games opening ceremony, the Fostering Network Scotland used its Celebrate award to involve a number of foster families in a range of sporting challenges.

Thanks to a Celebrate award of £9,918 they were able to produce over 4,000 special ‘Let’s Go!’ challenge booklets for foster homes across Scotland. The booklets were specially produced to encourage foster families to adopt ‘sporting challenges’: and try out a special ‘family challenge’ to celebrate the Games coming to Scotland.

Linda Ogston from the Fostering Network submitted the organisation’s entry to win Scottish Government Legacy tickets for the opening ceremony. She said: “Celebrate has enabled us to bring foster families together to engage in outdoor and sporting activities. Many foster placements break down due to difficult relationships between children in foster care (many of whom have experienced extreme trauma and loss in their young lives) and the sons & daughters of foster carers. We are helping to overcome this by encouraging foster families to share experiences and activities which will improve their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Thanks to Celebrate, the organisation designed and produced ‘Let’s Go!’ challenge booklets which have been distributed to more than 4,000 foster families across Scotland. The booklets set three challenges: Learn a new skill; Get sporty; and Go outdoors. Every child in a fostering household who completes the challenge will be rewarded with a certificate and gold medal, giving them the chance to be a medal winner too.

Families were encouraged to set challenges such as swimming a set distance, riding a bike without stabilisers, or following a nature trail. Even children as young as 21 months joined in! Photographs and stories from the challenges will be included in a special edition of their Scottish newsletter, inspiring more families to ‘get active’.

Sara Lurie, director of the Fostering Network in Scotland, added: “The Commonwealth Games will be a festival of sport and celebration, and we’re delighted that we have the opportunity to give a once in a lifetime experience to children in foster care in Scotland, and to the families who devote their lives to looking after them.”

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