On Sunday 8th September, our staff and carers came together to celebrate 10 years of Excel Fostering! We all enjoyed fantastic entertainment, face painting and an afternoon tea-style buffet. The day was a huge success and enjoyed by all. Happy 10th Birthday Excel Fostering!

Also, huge congratulations to our Logo Competition winner (see below)! The competition was run for foster families to design a logo to celebrate Excel turning 10. There was a £50 voucher for the winner.

On behalf of the team at Excel Fostering, we would like to thank everyone, past and present, who has contributed to our success in making a life-changing difference to young lives for the past 10 years and here is to many more!

Mel recently met with our lovely foster carer Laura to have a catch up and and to share her
experience of fostering with Excel Fostering.

Initially Laura thought she was too old to foster at 66, but with nothing to lose she decided to enquire and to her surprise was accepted and began the process of fostering and in her relatively short time as a foster carer, she has already made such a huge difference to the lives and futures of the young people and, parent and child she has cared for.

Being ‘too old to foster’ is one of the most common myths in fostering and many people still think once they reach a certain age they can’t foster, which is not the case. As along as you are fit and healthy, have a spare room and are willing to help children in need – you can foster. If you’re own children have all grown up and left the nest, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to reach out to children in need and change their future.

As an agency we are committed to supporting our foster carers to ensure they have everything they need to look after the children in their care.  Laura said:

“I receive support for everything and that there is always someone there for me, 24 hours a day, if I need any help or support with a particular placement. It’s so important that foster carers know they’re not on their own and someone is there for them at the end of the phone.”

Furthermore, Laura made a very good point, in that she isn’t a ‘replacement Grandma’, because children can have more than one Grandma and she isn’t a replacement Mum either. The children know who their family are and that foster carers are there to help them (sometimes short, sometimes long term) at this particular stage in their life. Some children may need a Grandma, someone that can give them peace, quiet and the attention they need – opposed to a busy family. However, some children may need a foster family with other children their age or to look up to.

There is no ‘cardboard cut-out’ or one type of person/ family that is suitable to foster. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, straight or LGBT, a homeowner or renting, 21 or 65 – you can apply to foster and really can make a difference to the futures of these young children.

Laura’s young female person was adamant she was going to be independent at 16 but she will be 20 this year and still wants to live with her and comes home from university every night.

If you’d like to find out if fostering is for you/ your family, please give us a call on 01253 712 734.

You can listen to Laura’s full interview on our Facebook page.





One of our foster families have a real love for animals, especially cats, and having them has not deterred them from being able to foster children of all ages. Tillie who was adopted when she was one from Furry Tails Cat Sanctuary (the heaven of cat sanctuaries) they decided they would like to add another cat to their family. They went back to Furry Tails and met some of the lovely cats needing homes when they came across timid ‘Polly’. She was around three years old and had been a stray for several months when her family moved house and left her behind, before she was brought to Furry Tails. Polly was shy but loved the attention that was being given to her. The family all decided they wanted to take her home, but they were told to go home and have a think, but the very next day arrangements were made to go and collect Polly who they decided to rename Lola!

When they got home with her she was so nervous and tried to hide. Only a day after bringing her home Lola went missing, they couldn’t find her anywhere but they could hear the tiniest meows. They looked for her for days, cut holes in the walls and ceilings, until they found a hole under the stairs which she had gone through and gone under the floorboards, and so they ripped them up! They would put food down for her and each time they left the house or at night she would come out and eat. She did this for 6 whole weeks! One night Hannah (our foster carer) stayed downstairs and waited for her to come out to eat, when she came out she shut the door under the stairs so she couldn’t hide again. She ate calmly then and came and sat on her knee and enjoyed a cuddle.

Slowly over time Lola stopped hiding and began to come for an occasional stroke. Over a year later they noticed Lola had started to come in the living room when just Hannah and Tom were in there in the evening. Then two years later she started to come into the living room when they had visitors! 3 years later, Lola is everyone’s best friend, including her little brother Alan’s and her little sister Izzy’s who of course were rehomed from Furry Tails too. She is always cuddling or playing with them and Lola is now a permanent fixture in the living room but remains very shy, she always waits til last to eat, and they have to make sure the other cats don’t pinch her food. They always explain to children that Lola is timid, soft and gentle, she loves a stroke and won’t purposely hurt you but she’s not keen on being picked up and she does put her claws in as she jumps to escape.

It just shows what anyone, or any cat can turn into when they’re loved and cared for being them self!

Lola playing

Lola with their birth children

Lola under the floorboards!

Furry Tails Cat Sanctuary

The ‘siblings’ together!

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