I hated life, I hated living. I was so close to putting my kids into care because I didn’t think I could parent them. I look at how far I’ve come and actually I can do it, and I am doing it. I don’t even want to think what life would be like without Safe Families.
I’m from Nigeria and I came to the UK to do my PhD. Our second son was born premature and was on life support for a long time. It was the most difficult time in my life. For Safe Families volunteers to take care of our oldest son while my wife and I were in hospital or university was amazing. For them to take him free of charge, with love and care, was so important to me. We saw it as a show of love, as kindness, as generosity. With Safe Families hope was restored.
Safe Families have helped me a lot. It’s meant that I can keep Lily at home with me. Now that she’s two, Safe Families have left. They’ve stopped giving us care because I don’t need it, really. I’m managing really well with Lily and everything that entails being a single, full-time mother. I owe a lot to Safe Families, they’ve done a lot for me.
I am writing this with tears in my eyes, and a big thank you from the bottom of my heart. When I contacted you in August last year my life had flipped upside down again for the second time, and I had no idea how I was going to get through it after struggling so much previously. When I heard about your charity I was so pleased for any help I could receive. The volunteers have been there for me more times than even my family could, and we all have felt like they are apart of our family. I would like to say a special thank you to June who gave up her time every week, also Claire who came regularly, and Debra and Mary who were always there whenever I needed them if I had appointments.
Now that I am well again we really miss the volunteers, and so do the children, they loved each one of them. My mind was always at ease whenever I leftthem as I knew they were in hands I could trust. I will forever be in your debt, and if there is anything I can do for you charity please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would like to be the one giving help not receiving it, as that is what I’m used to. I hope the time will not come when I need your help again, but if it does I know who to call straight away.
Thank you all so much, Kelly, Scott, Olivia and Elliott x
My son is 18 months old, and Safe Families came and got involved at a time when I really needed help. The Host Family were brilliant, so I didn’t have a problem with letting them keep my son overnight. I was able to get away and do what I needed to do. The Host Family have become very close to my heart, and my son loves them!
My husband’s in prison and I needed to go to hospital to give birth. I was stuck and didn’t know where to turn. I got in touch with Safe Families as it felt like the right thing to do. They sent a fantastic couple and my two sons took to them instantly. I’ve now had the baby and with the ongoing help of Safe Families we’re coping so much better.
Being a single mum, and given my daughter’s special needs, I find it very helpful to to have the support. My daughter loves going once a month to spend time with the host families and really enjoys it. They are so friendly to us both.
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