It’s Foster Care Fortnight (9th – 22nd May), the annual celebration which allows us to raise awareness about how fostering makes a real difference to children’s lives.
The theme for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight is #FosteringCommunities and we wanted to give the local community, businesses and services who are all part of our ‘Fostering Community’, the opportunity to hear first-hand, the heart-warming and exceptional experiences from people whose lives have been touched by fostering.
To do this, our friendly team, Sefton’s Foster Carers, and young people, will be at the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle for 4 days for you to come and chat to us. We will also be bringing some great events and activities for you to get involved in so please come along.
Wednesday 18th May – Saturday 21st May
Strand Shopping Centre – Upper Level, Unit 165 Parkside (Next to JD Sports and opposite Greggs Bakers)
Events and Activities
Decorate a Feather for our Art Installation
Our #EverydayAngel campaign celebrates our foster carers, who are our #EverydayAngels and it also urges local people to think about giving a loving home to a child and become their #EverydayAngel.
In line with our campaign, we are excited to be developing an art installation which consists of hundreds of paper feathers which will make up a pair of larger angel wings. Our fostering families have already been making our individual feathers look beautiful and we are also inviting you to pop along to the Strand to decorate your own to be added to the display.
BE AN ANGEL
You can become part of our #EverydayAngel team by coming along and taking a selfie in front of the fabulous neon wing stand that we will be bringing to the Strand while we are there. Make your visit to us even more memorable by taking a snap of you and your friends to post on Instagram or Twitter.
Wednesday 18th, 10 – 4pm
Our friendly team including our foster carers will be on hand for you to drop in anytime and have a cup of tea and a chat. In your own time, you’ll be able to speak to experienced foster carers and the team about how to become a Foster Carer and the benefits that come with it.
Thursday 19th May, 10.30 – 12noon Open Discussion Q&A
You are invited to be part of an audience listening to a great panel of speakers including our foster carers, young people whose lives have been turned around and representatives from the Council who are supporting our fostering families.
The event will be introduced and led by Laura Knights, Sefton Council’s Head of Children’s Social Care.
Will also be playing a video we have produced with 14-year-old Jamie who is from Sefton and who is currently living in foster care. In this heart-warming video, Jamie shares his wishes and feelings past and present.
Friday 20th May 10 – 4pm Drop in Anytime
Another chance for you to meet our friendly team including our foster carers who will be on hand for you to drop in anytime and have a cup of tea and a chat.
In your own time, you’ll be able to speak to experienced foster carers and the team about how to become a foster carer and the benefits that come with it.
Saturday 21st May 11 – 1pm Weekend Info Session
If you’ve been thinking about fostering what better place to learn more than at our weekend information session.
Meet one of our amazing foster carers Dawn, and Amina, a young person who has experienced living in foster care and now lives with Dawn.
They are eager to share their story about how fostering has transformed their lives. You’ll also be able to speak to the team about how to become a foster carer and the benefits that come with it.
We would ask you to register your interest in our events so we have an idea of numbers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0800 923 2777