Search starts to find the Fabulous 40
A CAMPAIGN has been launched this week to encourage more people in the Peterborough area to become foster carers.
Peterborough City Council launched its Fabulous 40 campaign yesterday in a bid to recruit at least 40 new foster carers in the city.
The campaign was kicked-off with a fostering stand in Cathedral Square giving would-be carers a chance to find out more about the roles.
The initiative was launched to tie-in with the start of the national Fostering Fortnight.
With more than 300 children in care in Peterborough, the council says that it needs to recruit at least 40 more foster carers to provide these children with a safe and happy home.
Deborah Glassbrook, Peterborough City Council’s head of fostering, said: “We hope this campaign will make people consider whether they can become a foster carer.
“We urgently need supportive and caring foster carers of all ages, from all backgrounds and ethnic groups.
“Fostering today involves a va- riety of tasks and skills and we will provide you with comprehensive training to take on such an important role.
“As well as training, all our carers will receive high level support and guidance, a fee and a weekly allowance for each child that is fostered.”
Throughout Fostering Fortnight, recruitment stands will be in prominent locations in the city where people can find out more details.
It will be at Queensgate Shopping Centre on Thursday, May 17; Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Hampton on Saturday, May 19; Peterborough Garden Park, near Eye, on Sunday, May 20; Asda Rivergate on Wednesday, May 23 and Sainsbury’s in Bretton on Saturday, May 26.
The council is urging people from all walks of life to come forward.
Foster carers can be single, married or living with a partner, young or old, male or female, gay, lesbian or straight.
They can also be people who have children of their own or not had children, or people who own their own home, rent or receive housing benefits.
People in perfect health or those who have a disability are also suitable.
Applicants should have a spare room, no criminal record and a genuine interest and enthusiasm in helping local children.
For more details call 01733 317427 or email email@example.com or visit www.peterboroughfostering.co.uk.
fabulous 40: Deborah Glassbrook launching the Fabulous 40 campaign in Cathedral Square, Peterborough. (METP-14-05-12RH13) Picture: ROWLAND HOBSON.