Campaign for foster carers

North Tyenside Council launching their foster care fortnight with the Co-op who are displaying the posters in their shops.  Pictured (l-r) Martin Hewitt, store manager in Tynemouth, Coun David Lilly, Paula Gibbons, Fostering Manager and Sean White Co-op Operations Manager in Northumberland.

North Tyenside Council launching their foster care fortnight with the Co-op who are displaying the posters in their shops. Pictured (l-r) Martin Hewitt, store manager in Tynemouth, Coun David Lilly, Paula Gibbons, Fostering Manager and Sean White Co-op Operations Manager in Northumberland.

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A NATIONAL campaign to promote foster care is up and running in North Tyneside.

The Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight began on Monday and will run until next Thursday.

Using the slogan ‘fostering: time to care’, this year’s campaign highlights the urgent need for more carers.

The campaign was launched at the Co-operative store in Tynemouth to mark the retail chain’s support for the drive.

North Tyneside Council’s children’s services team is in need of long-term care for children aged over seven-years-old, parent and child placements, placements for teenagers and short break carers for children aged ten and over.

Coun David Lilly, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Foster carers come from a range of backgrounds, but above all they have the skills to nurture children and young people and the ability to support them through unsettled times in their young lives.”

North Tyneside foster carers receive a support package of up to £500 a week, 52 weeks a year plus an allowance per child, paid holidays, a dedicated support worker, local carer support groups and 24-hour telephone support.

A free training package is also available for carers and different foster care schemes exist to suit a variety of working preferences, skills, family circumstances, and experience.

Contact the North Tyneside fostering team on (0191) 643 8196 or e-mail fostering@northtyneside.gov.uk