A foster parent working with Slough Children’s Services Trust is encouraging more people how to find out more about helping vulnerable children.

April 5 marked Foster Friday, the UK’s biggest day for raising awareness about fostering within the Muslim community across the country. Supported by the Muslim Council of Britain and the Muslim Foster Network, events were held across the country, including in Slough.

Residents were invited to meet members of the Slough Children’s Services Trust at the Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre and other mosques across the town who held events providing information for prospective foster parents.

Local foster parent Sofia Sattar said: “I would definitely say my faith as a Muslim has been a key factor in me fostering, with the sense of community spirit and 'giving back’. I have witnessed the increased self-esteem, confidence and positive self-empowerment in my young person.

“To help a child find this through offering stability and navigating them through what can sometimes be difficult times, is immensely rewarding.”

For more information on fostering in the local community, email foster@scstrust.co.uk or phone 0800 0730291.