Fun events throughout the year
GLF likes to create a sense of community amongst its network of foster carers and children so that no one feels isolated or left to cope alone. We place lots of emphasis on arranging fun events throughout the year to which the whole family is invited. Last year’s events were very popular and included trips to Southend, camping breaks, Christmas pantomimes and end of year parties for both adults and children. Life-long friendships have sprung up from attending these events as well as informal carer support groups which are set up and run by foster carers who met at our events. We have set up a children’s council to help us ensure that we’re listening to children. We value every child’s opinion and this council helps us hear their views on the subjects that matter to them. We finish these discussions with a fun activity like bowling or go-karting.
Our quarterly newsletters include photos of our recent events, introduce foster carers that are new to our network and help you get in touch with any that are in your local area. The newsletters also keep you updated on any agency news as well as changes to general fostering practices.
We don’t recommend relying on fostering for a steady income as we cannot guarantee you will always have foster children staying with you. However we feel it is important that carers find fostering both emotionally and financially rewarding. We offer competitive weekly payments for each child you have staying with you. These payments are to cover the extra cost of caring for a child as well as to provide the carer with a financial reward in recognition of the work they do.
In addition, we operate a bonus scheme which sees carers receive an extra week’s payment for every six months of fostering they do. Many of our carers use this payment towards a holiday for their family, for example.