Our Fostering Story
We live in Eccles, a suburb of Salford in Greater Manchester, with our dog Jake. Sheila has worked in an office accounting environment since leaving school and Jim has worked in the transport and waste industry all his life working his way up to director level.
We started fostering after Jim retired early and Sheila was looking for a new career path. We had talked many times about fostering and wondered if it was something that we had the skills for; just by chance we saw an advert in the local paper from By the Bridge wanting foster parents.
We have looked after and loved some amazing children! We have laughed together and been through some really tough times together, but never once have we thought of giving up
We went along to an introductory evening and really liked what we heard and realised we did have the skills “to care about children and want to make a difference”; we then went through the evaluation process with By the Bridge and after some basic training we started fostering and have never looked back; put quite simply fostering for By the Bridge is a fantastic opportunity and career.
We have looked after and loved some amazing children!
We have laughed together and been through some really tough times together, but never once have we thought of giving up.
One child we looked after was a real handful, he couldn’t read or write and only spoke a little broken English; he went on to complete a BTEC business studies course at College and is now 18 years old and living independently. We still speak regularly and he continues to call us Uncle and Aunty and the truth is we love and miss him still.
The great thing about working with By the Bridge is you are never alone; there is always someone to advise and support you 24/7. The training is relevant and empowering as well as being fun. We have had a fantastic time fostering with By the Bridge, we have made so many new and great friends; children, adults and the professionals we work with; our only regret is that we did not start fostering sooner.