Foster your skills to go the extra mile
This month Havering Council launches their latest fostering campaign, ‘Foster your skills to go the extra mile’ with the aim of recruiting five new foster carers from the borough or surrounding areas.
Currently there are 250 Havering children living in care, from babies to teenagers.
The Council is looking for new foster carers who have a spare bedroom, time to focus on a child and the patience to help them develop new skills, from learning their timetables to teaching them how to cook. Currently the majority of children living in care are aged 11 plus, and the Council wants to ensure we recruit foster carers who can support young people in developing life skills.
Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Children’s and Learning, said.
“You do not need to be a super hero to become a Havering foster carer, everyday skills from knowing how to cook, read, or write could be a huge benefit for a child living in care.
“Children in care want to feel supported, comfortable and safe. You don’t need qualifications to become a foster carer just a willingness to want to make a difference to a child’s life. Children in care often say that the best skills are patience, dependability, or communication.”
The Council fully supports all applicants with full training, a dedicated social worker, and financial rewards of up to £428 per week once you are approved, for further information please visit www.havering.gov.uk/fostering
The Fostering team host information evening on the first Thursday of every month at Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford. 6-7.30pm