Vikki Nutt

Archived: Posted January 19, 2014

A former assistant paramedic who decided to foster after being called out to a particularly heartrending case has backed a campaign to recruit more people to fostering.

Vikki Nutt from Earley urged more people in Berkshire to help meet a shortfall of 8,600 carers in the UK during Foster Care Fortnight.

Vikki and her husband Barry, an ambulance supervisor, have been foster carers with FCA for two-and-a-half years.

Vikki explained what inspired her to become a foster carer and how she has taken to the challenge.

She said: “I worked as an Emergency Care Assistant responding to 999 calls for the ambulance service and we were called by the police who had been involved in a child protection incident and there was a little girl who needed an ambulance.

“The girl’s mum went off in one police car and her dad went off in another leaving the little girl in our care. It really pulled on my heartstrings and I went home that night and told Barry and I said we needed to do something for children in similar situations who need safe and loving homes.

“He suggested we look into fostering and that is where we started. It has been brilliant. I’ve learnt loads and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It can be tough but we said from the start we would try to never say no to a placement, whatever the issues and background they come with and we have stuck to that.”

Vikki is clear on what she thinks is the most important quality a foster carer needs to have.

“Patience,” she said. “Anything else is just a bonus! Empathy is important too. We have always said that we would put ourselves in the shoes of the child and look through their eyes, putting our thoughts and feelings aside. I think that has worked well.”

Away from fostering Vikki also spends time fundraising for the Army Benevolent Fund and as county secretary for the Oxfordshire branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) Women’s Section.

Vikki added: “My Nan was heavily involved with the RBL Women’s Section and after she passed away the local branch was going to close but it had been going since 1921 and I didn’t want to see her work go to waste.

“I’ve been the county secretary for the last 10 years now and I really enjoy it.”

FCA registered manager for the Thames Valley region Karen Bolton said fostering can be a ‘hugely rewarding and fulfilling career’.

She said: “At FCA we welcome carers from all walks of life but what they share is a desire to give vulnerable young people a loving and stable home environment to help them prosper.”

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