We're supporting Foster Care Fortnight in a bid to recruit foster carers in the borough of Rochdale.
There is a demand for carers who can offer a loving home to a variety of children who are in our care.
The annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign, run by the Fostering Network, runs from Monday, 13 May to Sunday, 26 May 2019 and this year's theme is 'change a future'.
To support the campaign during the 2 weeks, a range of fostering adverts will show that people from all sectors of society can be, and are, foster carers.
'I really hope we inspire people to contact the council's fostering team today and start a wonderful journey'
Local foster carer Lauren Sullivan, who has been fostering with us for 7 years, is encouraging more people to come forward as foster carers: "We are so glad we fostered, it's so wonderful being a huge part in a young person's life and see them thrive and grow with you. Cared for children are no different to every other child, they have their ups and downs. It's vital that people in the borough are there for them. I really hope we inspire people to contact the council's fostering team today and start a wonderful journey."
Local foster carers and the fostering team will be attending events and holding drop-in fostering sessions at the following locations:
- Thursday, 16 May 2019 – Costa Coffee, Odeon Cinema, Sandbrook Retail Park, 5.30pm to 7:30pm
- Friday, 17 May 2019 – The Lighthouse Project, Middleton Shopping Centre, 11am to 2pm
- Saturday, 18 May 2019 – Hopwood Hall College Community Fun Day, Middleton campus, 11am to 3pm
- Monday, 20 – Friday, 24 May 2019 - Montagues Café, Rochdale Market, daily 10:30am – 1:30pm
- Wednesday, 22 May 2019 – Royal Toby Hotel, 4pm – 8pm
- Thursday, 23 May 2019 - Costa Coffee, Odeon Cinema, Sandbrook Retail Park, 5.30pm to 7:30pm
'Our foster carers make an incredible difference to the lives of cared for children in Rochdale and we are so grateful to them.'
Gail Hopper, our Director of Children's Services, said: "Our foster carers make an incredible difference to the lives of cared for children in Rochdale and we are so grateful to them. Foster Care Fortnight is an excellent opportunity to showcase the fantastic carers we have, the great support we offer, the difference foster carers can make and the real need for more people to come forward and help us care for our children.
"Foster care doesn't just transform the lives of our young it also changes the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering, it's a wonderful thing to do. If fostering is an opportunity that you feel that wouldn't be available to you because of your personal circumstances, please contact us. You may be very surprised!"