Residents wanting to offer a brighter future to a child or young person through fostering can join a monthly online webinar to find out more about this rewarding role.
Foster carers offer a safe, secure, and loving home to a child or young person within the local community. They offer a vital lifeline to enable children of all ages to remain living in Trafford close to their community, school, friends, and family, to avoid having to move out of the area.
There are currently 92 fostering households in the borough, and Trafford Council is now recruiting more to offer children and young people a safe stable home. With short and long-term opportunities available, the Council offers an extensive training programme to support approved foster carers, along with a fostering allowance and fees to cover maintenance and special occasions.
Barry and Andrew have been foster carers for two years and said being able to offer children a loving home was wonderful.
“We have been foster carers for two years now and the whole experience has just been amazing.
We would urge anyone thinking of become foster carers to go for it because it is so rewarding. If you are unsure, just log onto one of the webinar and find out more.”
The upcoming ‘safe space in a familiar place’ webinars are the ideal place for people to find out more about these opportunities.
Cllr Cath Hynes, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Children, said:
“Many people don’t realise that they are in an ideal position to be a foster carer. A foster carer’s relationship status is not an important factor, and there is no upper age limit.
The important thing is that you have the time, commitment, and energy to look after a child or young person and can provide a loving, safe and stable environment that will make a difference to their life. If fostering is something you’ve been thinking about, there’s no better time. Our webinars are the ideal time to find out more and ask any questions you might have about these unique and hugely rewarding opportunities.”
The monthly webinars are being run as a partnership between Bury, Bolton, Trafford, and Wigan Councils. At the webinars, participants will be able to find out all about fostering and hear first-hand about the experience of foster carers, with time for questions at the end and information about how to make an enquiry to become a foster carer here in Trafford.
Find out more and sign up to one of our monthly safe space in a familiar place online events at the fostering eventbrite page. The monthly webinars take place on the third Wednesday of every month from 7-8pm.
Posted on Wednesday 11th August 2021