Foster care at the heart of North Somerset communities

2:47pm - 16 May 2022
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This Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 9 to Sunday 22 May), people across North Somerset are being reminded of the vital service foster carers provide to make sure children and young people are cared for and supported to thrive.

Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity The Fostering Network. 

The theme of this year’s national event is ‘fostering communities’ and North Somerset Council is celebrating the strength and resilience of fostering communities by highlighting the work they do. 

A number of events and activities have been organised to inspire more people to become foster carers.

On Saturday 14 May, over 60 people took part in a Fostering Walk in Clevedon. It was attended by North Somerset Council's fostering team and the wider children’s services team, as well as foster carers, children and young people.

An online information event will take place on Wednesday, 18 May. People can also speak to the fostering team in-person at Clevedon Market on Thursday 19 May between 9am and 4pm and at eat:Clevedon food festival on Saturday 21 May between 10am and 4pm.

Councillor Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council's executive member for children and young people, said: "There's an ongoing need for more foster carers in North Somerset, particularly those who could care for children aged 11 and over, or brother and sister groups to keep siblings together.

"If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, I encourage you to sign up to attend the virtual event or pop along to one of the in-person events taking place this fortnight. 

“We welcome people from all backgrounds, of all different ages, genders, ethnicities, no matter your relationship status or sexual orientation, so if you think you can make a difference to children’s lives please step forward.”

Those interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer or to attend the online information event should email fostering@n-somerset.gov.uk, call 01275 888 999 or visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fostering.

Also follow Fostering North Somerset on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fosteringnorthsomerset), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FosteringNS) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/Fosteringnorthsomerset).