Diagrama Fostering recently held a Superhero family fun day and picnic for their foster carers, foster children and their families. The event was attended by over 100 adults and 50 children, aged between eight weeks and fifteen.
The theme for the day was ‘BE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO’ to honour all the amazing young people in foster care who deserve to be celebrated.
Those attending the event were asked to dress to show their superpowers and the young people and some adults came in magnificent costumes depicting their superpowers. The Superheroes were entertained with two bouncy castles, rock painting, glitter tattoos, face painting, jewellery and bookmark making, air clay modelling, and an ice cream van. The children could also participate in a ‘Diagrama Superhero Games’ which included traditional sack races, egg and spoon races and other fun games and were awarded medals and stickers for participating.
The Diagrama fostering team were delighted that the raffle raised £150 which will enable them to buy their own much-loved soft play equipment for future events rather than trying to borrow it.
Kate Patel, Head of Adoption and Fostering Services, Diagrama Foundation, said:
“The ‘BE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO’ theme for our picnic was an easy choice as all our foster children, foster carers and their families are Superheroes and we wanted to celebrate them. The day was a huge success, and it was lovely to see everyone smiling, having fun, enjoying the games, dancing, and coming together to catch up with families they have met before and make new friends.”
Despite the immense fun, everyone had on the day England’s care system is facing difficulties.
Kate Patel, continued, “Ofsted recently reported that England’s care system needs an ‘urgent boost to the number of foster carers’ to avoid reaching ‘breaking point’ and we are recruiting now to fill the shortfall. It is estimated that England will need to recruit 9,000 more foster carers over the next three years if we are to have enough carers with the right skills to meet the needs of children and young people requiring a safe and secure home.
“To fill our foster care vacancies we would love to talk to single people or couples who might want to explore this rewarding career. We know you might have many questions about your suitability, but our team can talk you through what to expect and answer any questions or concerns you might have.”
If you are interested in a career in foster care, please download a brochure or speak to the Diagrama Fostering team by visiting www.diagramafostering.org.uk