Foster carers will be taking to the streets of Salford to ‘tell it like it is’ during national Foster Care Fortnight (May 14 to 27).
The men and women, who care for a wide range of children and young people, will be speaking at four open evenings designed to recruit more people to become foster carers.
For example Martin, who worked as a painter and decorator for 30 years, will talk about how he swapped his tools for teddy bears and says it was the best decision he ever made.
“There are two questions people always ask about fostering. How can you afford it and how can you give the children up once you’ve had them in your home?” said Martin who specialises in short term foster care for toddlers.
“Salford City Council pays an allowance as well as covering major expenses, such as birthdays, Christmas and school trips for older children and provides essential equipment, such as cots or baby safety gates. As foster carers are always in demand, I’m rarely without a placement so I have a steady income to replace the money I used to earn being self-employed.
“As for saying goodbye, that is tough but we’re here to do a job and help out a child and family in crisis. If the children are going back to their birth family or to another foster family who will care for them through to adulthood it’s as much a time to celebrate as to be sad. You know you’ve done your bit, helped a family in crisis and given their child a loving, stable, safe home for the time it’s needed, created lots of positive memories for the child and had a lot of fun. There’s nothing more rewarding.”
Come and hear more. Our open evenings during Foster Care Fortnight are:
Tuesday May 15, 6pm – 8pm
2 Smith Street
Thursday May 17 6pm – 8pm
Broughton Hub, 50 Rigby Street
Off Bury New Road
Tuesday May 22 6pm – 8pm
100 Chorley Road
Thursday May 24 6pm – 8pm
Cadishead Public Band Community Hall
You can book a place by emailing email@example.com or just drop in.
Or take a look at www.salford.gov.uk/fostering, call 0161 799 1268
- North West
- 15/05/2018 - 24/05/2018
- Tuesday May 15, 6pm – 8pm Walkden Gateway 2 Smith Street Walkden M28 3EZ Thursday May 17 6pm – 8pm Broughton Hub, 50 Rigby Street Off Bury New Road Salford M7 4BQ Tuesday May 22 6pm - 8pm Swinton Gateway 100 Chorley Road Swinton M27 6BP Thursday May 24 6pm – 8pm Cadishead Public Band Community Hall Locklands Lane Irlam M44 6RB