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There was a Boy

Fostering services of sixteen neighbouring Local Authorities have been working in collaboration to produce the film ‘There Was a Boy’ – the story of teenager Dan. Launched at the beginning of Foster Care Fortnight, the UK’s biggest foster care recruitment campaign, the film highlights the need for more foster carers who would consider caring for teenagers.

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The Parker Family

We started fostering 7 years ago and I have always been the main carer. Our original approval was 0-18 years, short term and respite care; however, we have recently been asked to take on our two current children, two brothers (aged 11 and 8 years) on a long term basis. We feel that the boys fit within our family and are settled in their schools, so when this opportunity came up we were happy to proceed.

Before becoming a foster carer I was a sales manager for an electronics company for many years, initially in the UK and subsequently in Europe. I seemed to be forever travelling and was away from home a lot. I have visited many of western Europe’s major cities but visiting for business and pleasure are two very different experiences. Friends and family were always saying what an interesting job I had but in reality it was mostly just airports, hotels, factories, exhibitions and conferences. Then I hit 50 and began to think that there was more to life and other things I wanted to do.

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Recruitment Drop-ins 2018 updated

If you are interested in fostering and would like to meet a foster carer and find out more, then please pop along.

We welcome all communities:

– 5th May 2018 – 10am-4pm: Kingfisher Centre, Redditch Drop-in

– Bank Holiday – Monday, 28th May 2018: Malvern Food Festival – all day

– 22nd June 2018 – Upton Young Jazz

– 7th July 2018 – 10am-12.30pm – Bromsgrove Library

– 8 September 2018 – Saltfest, Droitwich – all day

– September date tbc – Worcestershire Pride

– 6 October 2018 – Tenbury, Applefest

– 17th November 2018 – 10am-12.30pm: Waitrose, Worcester

For more details about these events, please contact: slindo@worcestershire.gov.uk

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Recruitment Drop-in 2018

If you are interested in fostering and would like to meet a foster carer and find out more, then please pop along.

We welcome all communities:

– 21st April 2018 – 12pm-2pm: The Hive Worcester Drop-in

– May 2018 – Kingfisher Centre, Redditch Drop-in – date tbc

– Bank Holiday – Monday, 28th May 2018: Malvern Food Festival – all day

– 22 & 23 June 2018 – Upton Young Jazz

– July 2018 date tbc – Bromsgrove Library

– 8 September 2018 – Saltfest, Droitwich – all day

– September date tbc – Worcestershire Pride

– 6 October 2018 – Tenbury, Applefest

– 17th November 2018 – 10am-12.30pm: Waitrose, Worcester

For more details about these events, please contact: slindo@worcestershire.gov.uk

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Fostering Recruitment Drop-ins – 2018

If you are interested in fostering and would like to meet a foster carer and find out more, then please pop along.

We welcome all communities:

– 21st April 2018 – 12pm-2pm: The Hive Worcester Drop-in

– May 2018 – Kingfisher Centre, Redditch Drop-in – date tbc

– Bank Holiday – Monday, 28th May 2018: Malvern Food Festival – all day

– 22 & 23 June 2018 – Upton Young Jazz

– July date tbc – Bromsgrove Library

– 8 September 2018 – Saltfest, Droitwich – all day

– September 2018 – Worcestershire Pride – date tbc

– 6 October 2018 – Tenbury Applefest

– 17th November 2018 – 10am-12.30pm: Waitrose, Worcester

For more details about these events, please contact: slindo@worcestershire.gov.uk

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Placement Plus looking for new carers

Worcestershire’s Fostering Service is looking for six new carers to join their Placement Plus scheme, this year.

Placement Plus provides specialist support and tailored fostering placements for older children who are at risk of going into a residential setting or need to step down from a residential setting. It allows young people to remain in a family setting with additional support.

Foster Carers will receive regular supervision from their social worker as well as support from a Family Support Worker and a Clinical Psychologist. There are monthly team around the child meetings as well as monthly meetings with other Placement Plus carers. The Fostering Service offers an excellent and wide ranging training programme.

We are very happy with the professionalism and support of all the staff we have encountered at Placement Plus, ISL and the Worcestershire Fostering Service admin. If people are thinking about fostering, I would have no hesitation in recommending that they join Placement Plus.

We have completed 11 training sessions so far. I am part way through the Nurturing Attachments Group which is a brilliant 18-week course. It is informal, interactive and fun as well as being highly informative. I am booked on to 4 more courses this Spring. All our training needs are being met and more besides.” Lorraine Lockyer, Foster Carer – Worcestershire Fostering

“Our priority when organising fostering placements is making the right match for all involved so that the placement is successful and beneficial for all. This is an opportunity to offer the next generation a positive experience of family life and support them to become confident adults.” Barbara Carter, Group Manager of Fostering and Kinship – Worcestershire County Council

“Foster carers make a unique contribution for society and can change the lives of those they care for. Finding more people to become foster carers means that more children and young people can grow up in happy, secure homes, whilst also giving them a positive experience of family life.” Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families

Further rewards also include of an enhanced fee payment per week, along with 4 weeks planned respite a year.

If you are an experienced foster carer or have worked or work with children and are looking to expand your skills this scheme could be for you – an attachment based approach to fostering children aged 10+ with more complex needs.

For more information, please visit:

Placement Plus

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Fostering is the best job in the world according to new campaign

Fostering is the best job in the world according to new campaign

A new campaign from Worcestershire County Council is hailing Fostering as ‘The Best Job In The World.’

The campaign, which features online and local radio advertising, aims to encourage people to become a foster parent through Worcestershire Fostering.

Worcestershire County Council is committed to improving the lives of children and young people. ‘The Best Job In The World’ slogan reflects its commitment to providing a wealth of support to its foster carers and social work staff, including a range of benefits and services to ensure they can meet the needs of the children and young people they care for.

“Joining the Worcestershire Fostering team from an independent fostering agency was a really smooth and easy transition, and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. The support levels have been superior, the training has been great, and I really feel part of the team.” Heidi Turner – Foster Carer

Among the benefits of working with a local authority are the fact that the child remains in the local area, more direct channels of communication, 24/7 emergency support and being part of a strong network.

“By working for a local authority, you enjoy more direct communication with a shorter chain of command, which makes the team more compact and more effective. This approach is more beneficial to the child, and ultimately that’s what fostering is about.” Mike Fesemeyer – Foster Carer

In addition to generous fees and allowances, Fostering with Worcestershire County Council means that a range of expenses including, school uniforms and holidays are covered.

Joining the team also offers access to a wealth of holistic training and professional support from ISL Health & Wellbeing Service, taking in everything from psychological advice, parenting support and therapeutic intervention with children, discounted leisure passes and regular arts, music and events as part of the Green Fingers project.

“We’re hugely proud to offer a wealth of support and guidance to all of our foster carers, helping them to feel valued and ultimately helping to deliver better outcomes to the children and young people in our care.” Barbara Carter – Group Manager – Worcestershire Fostering Service

“The decision to foster a child is one of the biggest you can make but the difference it brings means it’s one of the most rewarding. We’re hoping to inspire people to join us by letting them know about the benefits and support available to our foster parents.”

“With this support, we truly believe that Fostering is ‘The Best Job In The World’, and we’re proud to reflect that in our latest campaign.”

Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families at Worcestershire County Council

To find out more about Fostering, and to find out more about joining our team, call: 0800 028 2158

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LGBT Drop-in Sessions – February & March 2018

Two drop-in sessions for prospective foster parents are being held across Worcestershire in the next few weeks.

The first is taking place at KDYT in Kidderminster on February 17th from 10am to 12.30pm.

The second is being held in Bromsgrove on March 3 from 10am to 12.30pm at Bromsgrove Library.

Both informal sessions will allow people to find out more about the fostering process and meet some of the fostering staff.

The events are to coincide with LGBT History Month (February) and LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week which runs from March 5 to 11.

Team Manager Laurie-Mo Gullachsen said: “We look forward to welcoming those interested in finding out more about the rewards of fostering to our LGBT fostering drop-in events.

“Please come along for an informal discussion to find out more about fostering with Worcestershire County Council where we have a fantastic offer of preparation and support for prospective foster carers.”

Worcestershire County Council is committed to improving the lives of children and young people.

Joining the team also offers access to a wealth of holistic training and professional support from ISL Health & Wellbeing Service, taking in everything from psychological advice, parenting support and therapeutic intervention with children, discounted leisure passes and regular arts, music and events as part of the Green Fingers project.

In addition to generous fees and allowances, fostering with Worcestershire County Council means that a range of expenses including school uniforms and holidays are covered.To find out more about fostering and to find out more about joining the team visit www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk or call 0800 0282158.

To read the blog of foster parents Andrew and Richard go to http://www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk/real-stories/our-fostering-journey/
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For press enquiries or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson please contact the Council’s Communications team on 01905 766646 or 766642.

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Fostering Recruitment Drop-ins – 2018

If you are interested in fostering and would like to meet a foster carer and find out more, then please pop along. We welcome all communities:

– 13 January 2018 – Malvern Library Drop-in

– 17 February 2018 – KDYT Kidderminster Drop-in – LGBT History Month

– 3 March 2018 – Bromsgrove Library – LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week

– 17 March 2018 – Pershore Town Hall Drop-in

– April 2018: The Hive Worcester Drop-in – date tbc

– May 2018 – Kingfisher Centre, Redditch Drop-in – date tbc

– Bank Holiday – Monday, 28th May 2018: Malvern Food Festival

– 22 & 23 June 2018 – Upton Young Jazz

– 8 September 2018 – Saltfest, Droitwich

– September – Worcestershire Pride – date tbc

– 6 October – Tenbury Applefest

– November 2017: Waitrose, Worcester – date to be confirmed

For more details about these events, please contact: slindo@worcestershire.gov.uk

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Fostering Campaign Nominated For Award

Fostering Worcestershire, together with 12 neighbouring fostering services, has just been nominated for a UK Public Sector Communications Award. This nomination is in the category of Partnership Engagement Initiative of the Year.

This year, Fostering Worcestershire worked with 12 fostering services of Local Authorities in the West and East Midlands. Together they produced a short film focusing and highlighting the current need to find foster carers for brother and sisters.

An overarching theme of ‘giants’ was devised for the film to blend the concept of ‘giants’, or people who help us in society such as foster carers, and also to highlight the strong bond and relationships that brothers and sisters have as they ‘look up’ and care for each other in life and become ‘giants’ to each other.

Working together in this innovative way resulted in each authority having a high quality short film, at a low cost to each. The film has been showcased and used to raise awareness for the need for more Local Authority foster carers across the regions.

‘Giants’ was launched on the 3rd May 2017 at a premiere screening at The Everyman, The Mailbox, Birmingham with invited special guests, including James Foyle from the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network.

To find out more about the Public Sector Communications Awards: click here.

To see the film, go to the following link:

 

 

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