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Fostering – do something incredible

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Calderdale needs foster carers, and this Foster Care Fortnight (8 – 22 May 2017) the Council is stepping up its campaign to recruit more.

Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network’s national campaign to raise awareness of fostering.

In support of this, and the North of England ‘You Can Foster’ campaign, the Council is using a range of measures to highlight the benefits of a career in fostering.

Methods include radio adverts, posters, social media and online advertising.

Stuart Smith, Calderdale Council’s Director for Adults and Children’s Services, said:

“Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and a great career. Our teams do a fantastic job all year round to recruit new foster carers and to support our existing carers. But there are still children and young people in need of a loving home, so during Foster Care Fortnight we’re urging people to come forward if they think they could make a difference to a young person’s life.”

The amazing difference being made to local young people was clear to see at an event run by the Council on Tuesday 9 May.

The annual Children Looked After celebration event took place at the MBi Shay Stadium in Halifax. This year’s theme was ‘Thank you for being you’. Dozens of children and young people who are looked after by the Council were presented with certificates and gift vouchers by the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Howard Blagbrough, and Stuart Smith, to recognise that each and every one of them is unique and to celebrate their achievements. 

The fun get together was a chance for the Council, foster carers and others to show how proud they are of all of Calderdale’s Children Looked After, and to encourage the youngsters to be proud of themselves.

Well-known local entertainer Neil Hurst provided fun and games and many attendees wore fancy dress.

For more information about fostering and to register your interest, please visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/fostering or http://youcanfoster.org/(external link)

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