YOUNG people and their foster carers took advantage of the recent Bank Holiday to cycle round the Island of Cumbrae. The trip was organised by the Fostering Service team at Kibble and brought young people together from throughout the West of Scotland.
30 people altogether took part in cycling before having lunch and even an afternoon session of karaoke. Cumbrae was chosen for its ideal location since most of the foster families are local to North Ayrshire.
Kay Gibson from Kibble’s Intensive Fostering Service said:
“Just because our young people are in foster care, we don’t want them to miss out on the fun of a family Bank Holiday. Many of the children we look after come from very challenging backgrounds and may not have had the typical family experiences that many of us take for granted.
“These activities are not just about having fun though. The experience today was also about some of our kids challenging themselves to try new things.
“Whether it is something as simple as going on a ferry across the water or to interact with their peers in an unfamiliar environment, progress means different things to vulnerable young people but we are seeing huge improvements.
“I just want to put on record my thanks to those people who helped make this day trip possible. However I would like to pay tribute to the people of Millport and Cumbrae who could not have been friendlier or more helpful. We loved our trip and we will be sure to be back.”