Vanessa and Alan
We have been Foster Carers with Lorimer Fostering Services for 8 years. We had both been involved with working with children with our individual hobbies.
Alan was involved with the Air Training Core and was a squadron commander, taking cadets to many camps and supporting them in their individual training programmes.
I ran a Guide Unit, and was District and Division Commissioner for Girl Guiding locally. I support my guides in their guiding programmes, taking them on activity holidays and outdoor camps along with fun trips out & district competitions.
I also worked at Southport college for 28 years working along side students of all ages and abilities.
Once our own children were older and had their own lives and pathways mapped out, we decided as Fostering was something we had always been interested in, we’d find out more – so here we are!
We have supported a number of young people and given them an insight into what is deemed a normal family life. The children have been able to take on out of school activities e.g. swimming lessons, horse riding, dance, guides, Scouts and taekwondo to gain new experiences and make friends out of school.
We have taken the children abroad and the excitement of going on holiday, travelling on an aeroplane, staying in an apartment with a swimming pool and experiencing other cultures has been fantastic for them.
Our looked after children are our children within our family setting and treated like all family members, given the same experiences our children had. To watch these children grow and develop into young adults, having had a childhood whilst living with us is fantastic and hopefully helped them to keep on the right path through their lives.
Is fostering easy? No, it’s not at times, it’s very challenging – but it is also very rewarding.