Carole, foster carer
Yes I've lost weight. I'm moving differently. Lighter...But it's more than that. I can't really put my finger on it. All I know is that I've just calmed down and chilled out. Overall I'm just feeling better in myself despite everything that's still going on around me.
Jake, foster carer
And now with the yoga it's something else I have. Another tool if you like. It can calm me, make me take a bit of a step back, let the frustrations go about things I can't change. But someone else might use it differently. That's OK because in fostering you have to find your own way - and this will help you find it.
The Earl of Listowel, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children and Young People in Care and Leaving Care and Patron of the Who Cares? Trust
My work over the years has brought me into contact with many carers and the children and young people they look after. I know that the quality of these relationships is what really makes a difference, and if we want to improve life chances then we must ensure that our carers are in good health, and have the energy they need to do this well. Caring with Vitality offers an innovative approach, and I am sure it will inspire and motivate carers and their families to take good care of themselves.
Olivia Osei-Asibey, Executive Director of Sankofa Care Fostering & Adoption Services
Having been a foster carer for 15 years, and running my own agency for the past nine, I have a real understanding of the demands of being a good carer. I know that to keep going and provide what children need we must value and support foster carers and adopters. So I'm delighted to see this exciting book - with plenty of new ideas and strategies that I can share. It's really a breath of fresh air, much needed - and I'll be trying some of this myself!
Jo Hill, Interim Service Manager Business Strategy, Fostering and Placements, Children's Social Care, London Borough of Lewisham
A book like this which helps us to support carers and provide the best possible care for looked after children is so welcome. I know it will inspire and encourage our carers to keep on doing the great work they do.
Victoria LewisFoster Care
I found it refreshing for the authors to have an understanding of the many varied stresses and strains associated with caring for children with complex needs. They combine this understanding with a frankness of approach that enables you to buy into their ways to practically improve your day to day quality of life with many quick and easy wins.