Drop-in event to highlight work of fostering

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Residents interested in fostering are being invited to an informal open evening.

North Tyneside Council’s fostering service is holding a drop-in event at the White Swan Centre, Killingworth, on Thursday, March 30, between 6pm and 8pm.

Officials will be on hand to answer any queries that attendees may have.

Foster carers earn competitive allowances and the role offers flexible working, including short-term placements, such as providing weekend care, as well as longer-term foster care.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “A stable and secure foster family placement can completely transform the life chances of vulnerable young people and we are very lucky to have such dedicated foster carers here in North Tyneside.

“We know how challenging being a foster carer can be, but we also know how rewarding it can be and our excellent fostering team will be there to support you every step of the way.

“I’d encourage anyone interested to come along to the opening evening to find out more and take the first step into fostering.”

For more information call (0191) 643 2540 or email fosteringandadoption@northtyneside.gov.uk

Alternatively visit the fostering section of the council’s website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/fostering.

One foster carer, Audrey, who has dedicated 20 years of her life to caring for young people, said: “It is the best job I have ever had and if I had my time again, I wouldn’t do anything different.

“What I really enjoy is being able to have a positive role in a child’s life and its lovely when you stay in touch with the child even after they have left the care system – it’s a real honour when that happens.”