Now the Christmas decorations are away for another year it’s a chance to make a change in the New Year which could make a real difference.
What about becoming a foster carer and helping some of the most vulnerable young people in Wokingham Borough?
Fostering through Wokingham Borough Council helps keep local children close to their families and friends, helping reduce disruption to their lives.
There are almost 50 council foster families in the borough but ten more are needed to meet demand.
The council always looks for homes for the 100 plus children and young people currently in care with its own council carers first.
“Our foster carers are some of the most special and valued residents of our borough but we always need more,” said Cllr UllaKarin Clark, executive member for children’s services.
“It’s also a hugely satisfying and rewarding thing to do, where your contributions help to protect and support for a young person by providing family life, commitment and stability.
“Please give it some thought this January and give us a call to see if it could be for you – you could change a life in 2020.”
The council’s fostering team are running a number of recruitment events in the coming months:
- 15 January, 11.30am-2pm at Asda in Lower Earley
- 16 January, 11.30am-2pm at Tesco in Wokingham
- 22 January, 5.15pm-7.45pm, council offices, Shute End in Wokingham
- 23 February, 7.30am-1.00pm, Wokingham Half Marathon, Cantley Park in Wokingham
What matters most is finding the right family or person to look after the children.
Foster carers come from all walks of life, regardless of age, culture, background, sexual orientation and whether you are a homeowner or tenant. If you have a spare room, live within twenty miles of the borough and have time for a child, you could be right for it.
The council offers attractive payment packages, council tax exemption, excellent training including a specialist therapeutic programme, as well as one-to-one and out-of-hours support.
Fees increase with experience often resulting in the equivalent of a reasonable salary, which could provide a complete change of career. Fees are currently in the process of being reviewed for early 2020.
The application process is much simpler than you think and we will be there to help along the way. To find out more, call Jackie Ross, recruitment & marketing officer on (0118) 974 6204 for an informal chat or visit www.fostering.wokingham.gov.uk