Fostering firm to hold open day

A CAMPAIGN highlighting the need for foster carers has received support from a North Shields fostering agency, which is holding an information evening this month.

Team Fostering, which provides care for children and young people across the north Eest, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, has organised the event at its offices at Unit 6, Hedley Court, Orion Business Park, on Tuesday, May 22, for people keen to find out more about fostering.

The event will take place during Foster Care Fortnight – a national campaign taking place between May 14 and 27 highlighting the need for foster homes for children and young people – and organisers hope it will attract anyone who has considered fostering but has been unsure how to go about it or what it entails.

Visitors will be welcomed by existing foster carers and social workers from Team Fostering and there will be a brief presentation about Team Fostering and the support and services it offers foster carers.

Assistant director Vicky Davidson Boyd said: “We are looking for people with a mature outlook, aged over 21 who have a spare room and who can provide a child or young person with the safe, nurturing environment they need to blossom and fulfil their potential and we urge anyone who thinks they fit the bill to come along and meet us.

“We are particularly looking for people from a range of diverse backgrounds, including from ethnic minority families, same sex couples, or single carers.”

Team Fostering has worked alongside local authorities to find suitable foster care placements for young people for the past 11 years and was voted outstanding following a recent Ofsted inspection.

As well as extensive training for its foster carers, it provides a comprehensive, 24-hour, ’out of hours‘ support service, minimum fortnightly social work visits, educational support, activities in school holidays and an annual holiday for carers and young people.

A not-for-profit organisation, it re-invests surplus funds back into the business to provide extra support for children and young people, equip foster carers with extra services and competitive rates of pay and ensure local authorities receive value for money services.

The information event, which will take place between 6pm and 8pm, is just one of a programme of events organised by Team Fostering in the north east.

To register for this event, or for further information about the services offered by Team Fostering, call (0191) 257 6806 or visit www.teamfostering.co.uk