Slough Children Services Trust has announced plans to work with the Sikh community to encourage more Sikh families to provide foster care.
Slough Children Services Trust (SCST), a not-for-profit organisation providing social care and support services in Slough, and has called on Sikh families in the town to provide a loving and nurturing home for Sikh children in care. The Trust has said that there are a number of Sikh children who find themselves in need of fostering, and due to a lack of Sikh parents they are often fostered by parents from other faiths. This lack of consistency in the child’s upbringing is seen as unconducive to creating the stable home environment a child needs to flourish.
A statement from SCST encouraged Sikh families to come forward, saying, ‘We have children of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds who need short or longer-term care. Becoming a foster carer is one of the most rewarding roles someone can ever have. Helping a child – who may previously have been living with uncertainty or instability – grow and flourish is beyond words.’
Helping those in need is a key tenet of Sikhi. The first Guru of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, instructed all Sikhs: ‘Vand ke chakna’ meaning the material possessions that one has must be shared first with the community, particularly with those in vulnerable circumstances. The Sikh concept of seva (selfless service) encourages Sikhs to help those in need, by providing time, energy and finances to help the vulnerable. There is also a history of adoption in the Sikh faith, with the 6th Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib, adopting multiple children, including a Muslim child who was allowed to keep his faith by the Guru.
Sikh families who are willing to step up to this responsibility, help a child help turn their life around and assist them on their path into Sikhi are encouraged to contact Slough Children’s Services Trust, which is based in St Martins Place on Bath Road, Slough. They can call 01753 477 321 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Trust also has a Twitter profile at: @SCS_Trust and their website is: http://www.scstrust.co.uk/.