Residents are being urged to get involved in Foster Care Fortnight which launches on Monday, 8 May as the council takes to the road to get people thinking about fostering.
More foster carers are needed in Bracknell Forest alone and residents are being asked to consider whether they could fill one of these special roles. Both full-time and part-time roles are available.
The council’s fostering team will be travelling around the borough over the fortnight running information sessions to help people understand what fostering involves and the difference it makes to children’s lives. They will also be talking about the support, allowances and training available for foster carers.
There are currently 51 foster carer households in the borough who already help look after Bracknell Forest children. However, with more than 120 children and young people currently in care, the council needs more people to come forward to provide loving homes and support for vulnerable children and young people, especially teenagers.
The team is inviting anyone wishing to find out more to attend one of the Foster Care Fortnight drop-in sessions:
- Tuesday, 9 May, 12pm – 2pm at Crowthorne Library, 162 High Street, Crowthorne, RG45 7AT
- Wednesday, 10 May, 3pm – 5pm at The Lookout, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
- Thursday, 11 May, 3pm – 5pm at Ascot Heath Library, Fernbank Road, Winkfield Row, Ascot, SL5 8LA
- Friday, 12 May, 10am – 4pm at Waitrose, Bond Way, Bracknell, RG12 1RQ
- Monday, 15 May, 7pm – 9pm at the Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Bracknell RG12 7GR
- Tuesday, 16 May, 10am – 12pm at Binfield Garden Centre, Forest Road, Binfield, Bracknell RG42 4HA
- Wednesday 17 May, 10am – 4pm at Tesco, County Lane, Warfield, Bracknell, RG42 3JP
- Thursday, 18 May, 10am – 4pm at Frimley Park Hospital, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Camberley GU16 7UJ
- Saturday, 20 May, 10am – 12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Priestwood Court Road, Priestwood, Bracknell RG42 1TU
Lorna Hunt, chief officer for children’s social care, said:
Fostering a child is an incredibly rewarding experience which truly transforms young people’s lives, as well as the lives of carers. We need more people to come forward and take on this special role. We also need the support of local organisations to join us in raising awareness of the need for more foster carers in the borough.
If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved, please do come along to one of our sessions or visit our website to download our new guide to fostering
The council is asking local businesses and community groups to consider if they can help spread the word that foster care transforms lives.