Search starts to find the Fab­u­lous 40

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

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 fos­ter­ing@peter­bor­ough.gov.uk 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.

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