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Local fostering agency invites community to fun day

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ISP Foster Care are inviting the community to celebrate the opening of their new Fostering Centre in Hampshire.

ISP Hampshire, located in Ashurst Lodge, Southmapton, will open its doors to the public on Friday, August 17 from 12pm-4pm, providing the opportunity for visitors to find out more about fostering.

The event will include a hog roast and refreshments as well as the chance to speak with foster carers and colleagues in the area.

There will be plenty of things to keep children entertained, including fun and games, and lots of exciting outdoor activities.

Susie Pickett, Centre Manager for ISP Hampshire and Dorset, said: “Carers, children and people who are interesting in fostering are welcome to attend along with friends and family.

We’re eager to speak to potential foster carers who are able to provide stability and care for some of the region’s most vulnerable children and young people.”

Kim and Geoff Wright are ISP foster carers who have fostered 59 children across 22 years. They told us about their experience: “We felt very lucky after having our children, so we really wanted to help others and give something back. If you can help just one child, you get a great sense of achievement.”

Kim added: “I’ve been to a wedding for one of my foster children and I’m now a godmother to one of my foster grandchildren. It’s great seeing them as part of society and know that I’ve played a part in helping them along the way.”

She said: “One boy visited us recently and expressed how grateful he was for the simple things that I taught him over the years. Lots of people comment on how well-mannered he is. That alone shows that it’s all worthwhile.”

If you would like to find out more about this event, visit https://ispchildcare.org.uk/hampshire-opening or for more information about fostering in general, give our friendly team a call on 0800 0857 989.

ISP is an independent fostering agency, which look after vulnerable children and young people. They are part of Partnerships in Children’s Services (PICS), whose aim as a fostering provider is to ensure that those in their care lead happy, stable, active childhoods – childhoods that provide the foundations for fulfilled and productive adulthoods.

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