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Foster Care in Wales: What Can You Do in the Summer Holidays?

As the promise of warm summer days approach, everyone working in Foster Care in Wales, especially our fostering families, are eagerly making plans for their summer holidays! The extended break gives our fostering families an opportunity to spend quality time together making memories. Families across Wales who are fostering children will be looking forward to the summer holidays, the school break presents a unique opportunity to spend even more time with the children they are fostering without having to worry about homework!

At Family Fostering Partners, we obviously believe that the summer holidays should be a time for fun, adventure, and exploring, and we're here to offer some ideas for fostering families in Wales looking to make the most of this time with the children in their care. In this blog post, we'll share a variety of summer holiday activities and outings that fostering families in Wales can enjoy together; keeping our fingers firmly crossed for good weather!

  1. Fostering Children and Exploring Wales' Natural Beauty.

In Wales, we are lucky enough to have stunning natural landscapes, breathtaking coastlines and rolling hills on our doorstep. Take advantage of the summer weather by embarking on outdoor adventures with the children you are fostering. Whether it's a walk along the Wales Coast Path, a hike in one of Wales' national parks, or a picnic in a local park, spending time in nature provides a valuable opportunity for quality family time. For those fostering with Family Fostering Partners, take the opportunity to use our closed Facebook group and meet up with other foster care givers in Wales, expanding your fostering community!

  1. Foster Care in Wales & Visiting Local Attractions.

Wales is home to many cultural and historical attractions that are sure to engage and inspire the children in your care. Why not take a day trip to visit a castle, museum, or historic site, where children can learn about Wales' heritage and history? Many attractions offer special events, discounts and activities during the summer holidays, providing opportunities for hands-on learning and discovery! Whilst every museum in Wales that are part of the ….. family are free to enter. Additionally, all foster carers in Wales that foster children with Family Fostering Partners have membership to Foster Talk which offer deals and discounts on day trips out – click here to find out more!

  1. Get Creative with Arts and Crafts whilst Fostering Children.

When the weather inevitably takes a turn, embrace your artistic side by engaging in fun and creative arts and craft activities with your fostering family. Set up a crafting station at home and let your imaginations run wild, making everything from handmade cards and paintings to DIY projects and sculptures. Arts and crafts activities encourage creativity, self-expression, and fine motor skills development. For foster carers in Wales fostering children with Family Fostering Partners, keep an eye on your closed support groups for challenges set by your link workers! You can expect competitions and lots of craft ideas! Click here to learn about the support we offer

  1. Have a Splash at the Beach.

On a hot summer’s day, there is no place better than one of Wales many beaches for warm days of sun, sand, and sea. Build sandcastles, paddle in rockpools, or try your hand at surfing or bodyboarding. The many beaches in Wales offer endless opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure, making it the perfect destination for our foster carers in Wales, their family, and the children they foster.

  1. Foster Care in Wales; Volunteering and Giving Back.

Use the summer holidays as an opportunity to teach your foster children about the importance of giving back to the community. Get involved in local volunteer projects or charitable initiatives, such as beach clean-ups, community garden projects, or fundraising events. Volunteering not only instils values of compassion and empathy but also provides valuable opportunities for children who are looked after to connect with their community and make a positive impact.

  1. Take advantage of the local Culture whilst Fostering in Wales

Explore Wales’ culture by heading to a festivals, event, or other celebrations happening throughout the Summer. Swansea has twice been nominated for the UK City of Culture Award, and there are lots of fantastic places to explore with the children you are fostering. From food festivals and music concerts to cultural parades and art exhibitions, there's something for everyone no matter your interests.

  1. Create Lasting Memories at Home.

Sometimes, the best summer activities are the ones enjoyed right at home! Whether it's a family movie night, a game of football, or a barbecue in the garden, spending quality time together as a fostering family is what truly matters. Our foster carers in Wales know all too well the unpredictability of Welsh weather – so having somewhere to retreat too quickly if the weather takes a turn makes at-home summer activities even more appealing! Moreover, you do not need to be ‘on the go’ to have an amazing summer holiday! Take advantage of the summer to slow down, disconnect from screens, and focus on building meaningful connections with your fostering family and the children you are fostering.

Conclusion; Summer Holidays and Foster Care in Wales

At Family Fostering Partners, we believe that the summer holidays are a time for our foster carers in Wales and the children they are fostering to come together, bond, and create memories that will last a lifetime. By jumping feet first into adventure, exploration, and creativity, foster families in Wales can make the most of this special time with the children in their care!

Whether it's exploring Wales' natural beauty, visiting local attractions, getting creative with arts and crafts, or giving back to the community, there are countless ways to make the most of this special time with the children you are fostering.

Join our Foster Care Family in Wales.

If you would like to learn more about Foster Care in Wales, then you can get in touch with us by using our live chat feature (on the bottom right of our website), by visiting our “Contact Us” page, or by calling us directly on 0330 0948816. We’re always eager to speak to people who want to become foster parents in Wales or just learn more about how Foster Care in Wales works.

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