Taylor came from a background of neglect and exposure to drug abuse. Whilst living in foster care Taylor wasn’t attending school and would regularly go missing, often attempting to climbs out of windows late at night to get out. After living in several foster homes, it was decided that she should move to residential care. At this point Taylor’s behaviours were becoming very risky and some professionals felt a period in a secure unit would have been a better option.
At 10 years old, Taylor arrived at Stamford House and began to thrive. She wasn’t going missing, wasn’t taking drugs and wasn’t climbing out of windows! Taylor lived at Stamford House until she was 17, when she was supported to move into her own flat. She has since had her first baby and is just about to start driving lessons. Here is a letter Taylor wrote to Stamford House in August 2019;
"This card isn’t only for the staff that worked at Stamford House while I lived there but for all the staff before and after. Without the work you do, children like me wouldn’t have the chance to blossom like I did nor have the opportunities you have given me.
You lead with so much compassion, love and honesty. You make Stamford House a HOME and not just a ‘care home’. People often say to me “Oh bet it was hard growing up in care”, truth be told the second I walked through them doors I felt at home. I felt love, compassion, warmth, kindness and support which is more than I have ever felt. It’s not the building that makes it home, it’s all you staff. You are some of the most incredible people I have ever met. I often tell people that coming to Stamford House was the best thing that ever happened to me and I still stick by it to this day.
You have taught me so many things, love, compassion, compromise, self worth, self respect, respect for others, to appreciate everything you’ve got, how to work hard, self-discipline and most importantly how to love!
Family Care are so lucky to have you all working for them. You’re all a credit to yourselves, Family Care and your families.
THIS IS ESPECIALLY FOR JOHN, CLAIRE, JENNY AND WENDY
I can’t even begin to put into words how thankful I am for everything you have done for me since I walked through them doors in 2008. It wasn’t always easy, some days it was far from easy but with all your help and support I came out the other end.
I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you. You taught me the meaning of hard work and made me want to better myself. Having you four as role models made me become the person I am today and gave me the opportunity to become a mum to my beautiful little boy.
Thank you for everything you have taught me, helped me with, looking after me, supporting me, making me laugh, John with his stupid Jokes lol, and for all the life skills you have taught me. There has been many tears sheaded, laughs, smiles, a few arguments but it has all be worth every minute of it.
You watched me grow from that little girl with hair down her back with a red little bag to becoming a mum for the first time. You all hold a very special place in my heart and always will."
Lots of love Taylor xxx