Making the decision to foster

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Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging people to consider fostering children.

One couple from Campbeltown, Moyra and Peter Paterson, gave an insight into the rewards that can be gained from fostering, particularly over the festive period.

Moyra said: ‘We have five grown-up children between us and, although I truly treasure the time we spend together over Christmas, it’s not the same as when they were little.’

The Christmas just past was different, however, as the couple have become foster parents and have a young child in their care.

Moyra continued: ‘It’s fantastic. These are truly special times and I’m delighted we get to make a difference to this little one’s life.

‘We’re making special memories – memories that will last a lifetime, and the joy that we get out of fostering  and making a difference to young peoples’ lives can’t be underestimated.

‘Fostering is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I’d urge anyone considering applying to get in touch with the council’s fostering team.’

To find out how you can help make a difference to a young person’s life by fostering, visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/social- care-and-health/fostering.