Pembrokeshire Family Placement Team held an inspired summer beach event for their children and foster families at Broad Haven Youth Hostel recently where hosts, Ruth Richards and her team provided free use of their fabulous facilities and worked hard to ensure the evening activities went to plan after our fun filled afternoon on the beach.
The setting was perfect. The hostel is in an ideal position, situated a short walk from one of the best sandy beaches in Pembrokeshire, with ample parking and easy access for buggies and toddlers and all the paraphernalia you need for a fun afternoon on the beach.
Some of our foster carers commented on the availability of the café and outdoor area at the Youth Hostel which offered a welcome retreat for those wanting a quiet corner to relax.
Bathed in sunshine down on the beach, there were lots of opportunities to involve the children in creating pieces of beach art, utilising the natural materials we found on the beach.
While photographs were taken of the creative pebble designs and sand drawings produced by the children, many of us enjoyed making shadow silhouettes depicting individual foster families.
The day was part of a promotional event to raise the profile of fostering in Pembrokeshire, providing new opportunities for recruitment through our facebook and website pages while illustrating the children’s art work.
One foster carer commented “It was a chance to socialise with other Foster Carers and for our young people to meet other young people in similar situations to themselves. The event was relaxed and the atmosphere was inviting.”
At the close of play everyone gathered back at the Youth Hostel field centre where refreshments were laid on for the hungry beach combers.
While the adults mingled and rested their weary legs, the children entertained themselves with an assortment of activities in the main hall bringing a welcome break and a chance to unwind from a fun filled day.
A big thankyou to Ruth and her staff for such a warm welcome. We enjoyed ourselves so much we are hoping to return at the end of the year for our Christmas party.
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