Proud to be who I am - your stories

Below are stories that you have shared with us about why you are proud to be who you are.

Why I'm proud to be who I am

Hi everyone, my name is Tashan and I am a proud Foster Carer within the BAME community.

After years of gentle encouragement by my mother, siblings and friends along with growing up in a family that fostered children with my late uncle John running a children’s foster home in Lydney.

I started the journey to become a foster carer in the summer of 2019.

With over 800 children in the care system and 18% of those children being of BAME heritage. Attending multiple training events, I was often the only black carer in the room which considering the figures, I thought this needed a huge injection of diversity.

I would urge people within the BAME community to open up their hearts and homes to look after a child in need.

Having fostered and looked after children of all ethnic backgrounds. I now have a sibling group of mixed heritage in my care and I am able to teach them about their mixed heritage, prepare cultural meals and teach them about their amazing cultures and traditions. 

Introduce them to past and present figures who paved the way for black people and to encourage them to stand up against injustice and prejudice.

Celebrating Black History is incredibly important to me and is not just celebrated in the month of October but all year through. I am proud of our accomplishment as a people and the progress we continue to make despite of ongoing restrictions and discrimination. 

I love our music and food; we have some amazing cultural traditions a hard but inspirational history. These are just a few of the reasons why I am PROUD to be BLACK!

For more information about fostering please visit the fostering webpages.

Page updated: 28/09/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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