Our new marketing coordinator, Denise, had a chance to go on a Blue Sky Fostering family day out this summer!
It was my first participation trip with Blue Sky, and lucky for me, it was to Marwell Zoo.
I joined the marketing team based in Romsey in June, and this was my first chance to meet the wider Blue Sky family. We arrived to beautiful sunshine, and just hoped it would last through the day. Once we had all arrived, caught up with everyone, and in my case introduced myself, it was on to the park!
The first animals we were treated to were the amazing, exotic, terrifying… ducks.
They were everywhere, just wandering around. Not quite what some had imagined, but it was a good way to work up to our first zoo animals, the penguins – who were enjoying the sun almost as much as us. The excitement took hold and we broke off to enjoy the blazing sunshine and the animals all around the park.
It was easy to tell from the chatter and smiles that our carers, staff, and all the children thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lunch at the Picnic Hut was a chance for everyone to catch up, and take a well-deserved break after taking in the 140 acre park.
Some then went on to discover more around the park, and others enjoyed the Lego installation.
Sadly, for us the day was over and we headed back to the office. Getting to meet our amazing carers, staff, and most of all the children whose lives we all work to improve was a great experience. Seeing how everyone knows everyone else’s name and the friendships we have among us was amazing to see as a new member of the team.
As with most Blue Sky events, our foster carers' birth children are encouraged to join us and this time we were lucky to have Verity on hand to use her photography skills and capture some of the animals. On film, of course.
"I thought that the day was great fun because we were given time as a family to split off and enjoy the zoo, but we were also able to mingle with other foster carers and foster children."