We’ve been busy at Freedom HQ during lockdown, and this includes our amazing foster carers who have remained positive and motivated during this unprecedented situation during COVID-19.
The most important thing to the team has been to maintain consistency for the young people in our care, whilst keeping up with school work and providing a stimulating environment. Anyone with children can understand how hard this has been at times, but our foster carers have all done an exceptional job.
Let’s see what they’ve been up to…
Volunteering in the community
Mrs O has been doing some volunteering with Foodshare each Thursday in Willenhall to give back to the community. This supports families on low incomes or those who have been affected by the pandemic and are struggling to feed their families.
Mr O has been hosting a weekly fitness class called ‘Freedom to Fitness’ for everyone to get involved in. This has been a great way for children to burn off some excess energy and promote fitness and healthy living.
Maybe you can promote the caravan if you haven’t already and we are working close with Haven to enable our families with children and young people the opportunity to have a break to the seaside this summer
Welcoming new arrivals
Coming into foster care can be a scary time, so the team like to spend time with new arrivals to build their confidence and self esteem, building a relationship so that each child gets to know us better.
We had a relaxing pamper session this week which was specifically for two girls who are new in placement.
Learning about self-sufficiency
Many of us were familiar with the great egg shortage of April 2020, with lots of us resorting to egg-free recipes for baking if we couldn’t get our hands on any.
One of our families went the extra mile and bought some laying chickens so that they could have daily fresh eggs, and in the process help their children to learn about egg production and self-sufficiency!
Maintaining a school time schedule
All schools have given good feedback regarding our carers’ engagement. Some carers have had family sports days that allowed the children to take part in competitions with kick ups and trampoline moves. They have run laps in the garden and had press up competitions. Great effort to all!
Some children have also gone back to school. Carers have supported their young people by teaching them how to stay safe and minimise the risks during the pandemic.
Learning new skills
It’s been great to see examples of creativity during the lockdown, with one of our young people improving their drawing skills and sending us a lovely drawing. Keep it up!
Learning about #BlackLivesMatter
Many of our foster carers have taken the time to help their young people understand the importance and meaning behind the Black Lives Matter movement, providing a safe space to ask questions and encourage debate.
Thank You NHS!
Some of our young people took to creating artwork for their front windows in support of our key workers and NHS staff who have all worked tirelessly during the pandemic. We thank you!
Celebrating VE Day
On Friday 8 May, the UK celebrated the 75th anniverary of Victory in Europe Day, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Some of our families had parties in their gardens to celebrate VE day too.
Enjoying the great outdoors!
Whilst we haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy days’ out and about, or take holidays, many of our carers have invested in outdoor equipment instead to utilise their gardens. We’re very jealous of this lovely looking hot tub in the garden!