Pioneering partnership brings fostering family fun day to Caerphilly Castle

Friday 31 July 2015

Foster children from across south Wales were given a medieval experience on 21 July, as Action for Children held its fostering families picnic at Caerphilly Castle.

Picture of the fostering families fun day out at Caerphilly Castle

Fostering families fun day out at Caerphilly Castle

It is the first time the annual event has been held at a site in the care of Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. The event marked the continued Cadw and Action for Children collaboration on the Fostering Families Scheme — an initiative that enables foster children, and the families who care for them, to visit all of the historic monuments in Cadw’s care free of charge.

During the free event over 25 fostering families took part in interactive sessions with a real-life knight and, in the castle’s Great Hall, families helped set tables as if for a medieval banquet and learnt about manners and mealtimes during the Middle Ages.

The collaboration supports an innovative new Welsh Government policy initiative, Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture, which links cultural bodies more closely together with the Communities First programme to inspire young people and adults.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Tackling poverty is at the heart of our policies — we are committed to transforming the life chances of people and families, especially those living in deprived communities across Wales. Everyone deserves access to enjoy and explore their heritage.

“I’m delighted that Cadw and Action for Children have been able to bring this annual event to such an iconic site — and that so many fostering families were able to take part. We are looking forward to making more positive differences to young people in care through this continued collaboration.”

John Hodges, spokesperson for Action for Children Fostering Wales, said: “I would like to thank Cadw and everyone involved in organising this special event at Caerphilly Castle.

“One of the highlights was meeting Sir Rhys, one of the castle’s knights. He engaged with the children with charm, authority, enthusiasm and encouragement, and it was a joy to see the excitement and wonderment on the children’s faces.”

Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture is currently being trialled in six ‘Pioneer Areas’ across Wales. For more information visit the Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture webpage.

Cadw and Action for Children’s Fostering Families Scheme is free and is open to all fostering agencies. Details can be found on the Fostering Families Scheme webpage on this website.