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Fostering families celebrated at local event as Foster Care Fortnight comes to a close

4:12 pm, Wednesday, 29th May 2024 - 1 month ago

Children and families

TO CELEBRATE and recognise the amazing work our foster carers do across North East Lincolnshire, the local fostering team held a Family Fun Day at Wendover Hall, in Humberston.

The event coincided with Foster Care Fortnight, a national event by The Fostering Network held “to raise the profile of fostering and show how foster care transforms lives”.

Foster children, their carers and families had a fantastic time in the sunshine enjoying a slime station, rock and pot painting, archery, bowls, singing, dancing, face painting, drawing, and a home-made buffet, made by North East Lincolnshire Council fostering student Holly.

An ice cream van and Humberside Police were also there, with young people enjoying setting off the siren after their tasty treats.  There was even something for the ‘techies’, a van with a Nintendo and a PS5 inside!

One of the young foster children attending the event said that he was “having the best day ever”, while foster carer, Bev, said: “Everything is so positive within the local fostering community at the moment, and I’m excited for the fostering future at NELC.”

Foster carer, Lynn, commented: “It has been an amazing day.  We have loved creating these memories.”

Jacqueline Mills, fostering team practice supervisor, said: “Our family fun day was a huge success.  We had a sunny afternoon where we celebrated our children and gave thanks to our wonderful foster carers.

“We are passionate about supporting loving and local homes for children in need of them, which would not be possible without our amazing foster carers.

“If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer, please get in touch.  We are also keen to chat to people with local businesses which would like to become ‘Foster Friendly’, a North East Lincolnshire Council-run business initiative to help businesses support employees wanting to become foster carers.”

The Wendover Hall fun day took place towards the end of the Foster Care Fortnight campaign, which has seen a number of events hosted across the borough, including drop-ins, a coffee morning, fostering staff and carers taking part in the local Park Run, and an online Q&A.

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children and education at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Becoming a foster carer is an incredible privilege, and an incredible role.  Foster carers can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

“You’ll be well supported from the team and from our partners in helping children to thrive, and become the best that they can be.”

To find out more about becoming a foster carer, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/fostering.  For stories from our local foster carers, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/fostering-stories.

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