As part of its support to an annual awareness-raising fostering campaign, St Helens Borough Council will be holding free online information sessions this month for anyone considering caring for children and young people.
During Foster Care Fortnight (10-23 May) – the UK’s biggest foster care campaign delivered by leading charity, the Fostering Network – the council’s fostering team will host the sessions where you can hear from existing foster carers about the role; the support on offer; and about the 471 children and young people in the borough currently in need of care.
Encouraging people to attend the event, Linda Evan’s Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care at St Helens Borough Council, said:
“During the past year, we’ve seen some amazing acts of community spirit in our borough as part of our local response to COVID-19. Acts and gestures that have helped the most vulnerable in our communities.
“We have amazing foster carers who are caring for children here in St Helens Borough who require our support, and a loving and stable home provided by a caring foster family will go a long way in ensuring that a child or young person achieves their potential.
“If you think you can help by fostering a child or young person, I urge you to attend a session and our fostering team will support you every step of the way.”
St Helens Borough Council offers generous allowances, training, help and advice on fostering.
Applicants who take up the opportunity will be helped at every step of the way by the council’s fostering service, which has recently been rebranded with the help of children and young people in the local authority’s care.
Applications are welcome from those who are single, in a relationship, married or divorced, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. All are assessed on their own merits, and the type of care they could offer a child is the most important thing.
To book on a session, taking place on Tuesday 11 May at 10:00am or Tuesday 18 May at 8:00pm, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fostering-information-session-tickets-151604748885