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Summer Holidays!

Everyone loves summer holidays – we definitely do!

We recently talked about how to stay safe in the sun. This time we’ve got more valuable advice for foster children, when they’re treated to something as nice as a holiday.
As you become closer to your foster carers, and really feel like part of the family, you’ll find that these wonderful people want to include you in everything. So when they take you on holiday with them, it’s important to show how grateful you are.

After all, a holiday for three or four (or more!) people can be expensive. So try your best to remember the following:

Use Common Sense
When you’re abroad, you’ll notice differences big and small. Other countries speak all kinds of languages, people think and dress differently – in general, many things are done differently to what you’re used to. What isn’t different is the idea of common sense. Use the same street smarts you would at home – i.e. when crossing the road, no talking to strangers, and so on.

Don’t Fight With Anyone
We know we don’t really have to say it, but since your foster carers have gone to all the trouble of bringing you on holiday with them, you must behave yourself while you’re away with them. So be nice to your foster siblings, and remain grateful that you get to enjoy a holiday.

It’s Their Holiday Too
If your foster carers want to go to museums, look around cultural sites, or they love visiting historical places, then you should go as well. It may not seem like it at first, but these kinds of activities will do you good. We’re sure your carers will make more than enough time to do what you want to anyway.

Thank Them For Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
When you’re abroad, you get to try all sorts of delicious new foods. It’s one of very best ways to sample something totally new and different. Somethings you might never get at home, so enjoy the experience!

We’ve got plenty more advice and experience for these warm months ahead – keep your eyes here for more advice.

We care so that you can.

With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining, it’s the best time to go outside and have some summer fun! But it’s important that you know how to stay safe when you’re out in the sun on long, hot summer days.

The sun sends UV rays down to earth which we can’t see because they’re invisible, but they are definitely there. If you spend too much time outside without the right protection, you could be affected by harmful UV rays which can cause severe sunburn, premature aging and in some extreme cases, it can even lead to cataracts or skin cancer. So it’s vital that you know how to protect yourself when you’re enjoying the summer sun.

Wear Sun Cream

You should put on sun cream at least 15 minutes before you go outside and make sure you cover everywhere that is exposed to the sun. Try to use a sun cream with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number indicates how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned.

When You Go Outside And How Long You Stay Outside

The sun’s rays are strongest between 11.00am-3.00pm so during this time period try to take frequent breaks from the sun by going inside and grabbing a drink or moving into the shade.

Stay Hydrated

It’s not just the sun’s rays you need to be careful of, you also need to watch out for the sun’s heat. If you stay outside for a long period of time you might become dehydrated so make sure you take a bottle of water out with you or try to move into the shade as it will be slightly cooler in temperature.

Half term is just around the corner and you may be wondering what to do with your hard-earned week off. In previous posts, I’ve suggested fun things to do at home, but with the weather starting to be slightly more summery, it’s a great opportunity to get out and about to some interesting places with your carer or parent.

Here are some great ideas for places to visit over half term:

Museums and Art Galleries

There are loads of fantastic museums and art galleries you can visit around the North West and a lot of them are usually free to enter. Over the half term, a lot of museums hold activity days for young people which are usually themed, so it’s always good to check on the website to see when its best to go.

Outdoor Walks

With the weather starting to get a little better, it’s the perfect time to go for a long walk and take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. You’ll have to be careful though, as some terrains may be slightly harder to walk through than others!

Movie Fun

Over the half term, a lot of cinemas show the past years top films at a reduced rate, so it’s the perfect opportunity to catch that blockbuster you missed when it was first released.

Get Sporty

There are lots of parks where you can enjoy a long bike ride or you could book a session at your local leisure session for activities such as indoor rock climbing, badminton and swimming.