Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara to host Slough’s Children Services to encourage adoption from local Sikh community.
Friday 4 th May 2018 –
One of the largest gurdwaras in Britain will host an event with their local children’s services to encourage child fostering and adoption within the Sikh community of Slough.
Details of the event can be found below.
On Wednesday 9th May, the Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara in Slough will host Slough Children’s Services Trust (SCST) for an evening of information where attendees can learn more about the adoption and fostering process and even sign-up. The SCST is looking for people of all cultural and religious backgrounds to be aware of the opportunity to give disadvantaged children a loving home by fostering and adopting them.
In a statement about the event, management at the Slough Gurdwara said: ‘For children who find themselves without a stable and safe home, through no fault of their own, finding a loving family within their own culture is life changing. Fostering or adopting a child in need is a true act of compassion enshrined in the spirit of Sikhi. Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara is delighted to partner with Slough Children’s Trust to host this event to help Sikh families understand and participate in, the adoption and fostering process.’
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.
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.
Learn more on Sikh ethos and history advocating adoption by watching this video by educational org Basics of Sikhi.
Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Address: Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara, 221 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 4BA