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Peterborough City Council appeals to residents during Foster Care Fortnight

12 May 2023

Peterborough City Council is getting active in support of the Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign this year to help find more people who can offer loving, stable homes for local young people in care.

Each year, the council’s Fostering Service participates in Foster Care Fortnight, the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, which takes place this year from 15-28 May. Over those two weeks, the Fostering Service will be celebrating its ‘fostering communities’ - which include carers, children and young people, social workers, and staff - across the city by championing its local carers and care leavers, organising foster walks to raise awareness, and hosting an event to welcome new carers.

We spoke to Sue, who fosters for Peterborough City Council, about her experiences with fostering teenagers, and why it is so important that young people have good role models as they prepare for independence.

“Our children had grown up and left home,” Sue explained. “We thought, bedrooms are going spare - why not provide a home for some children that need one?”

“Being able to guide a young person and help them with the opportunities that they can have in life and watching them grow with those things is just brilliant really. It’s why we foster, because watching them grow and learn these things is the best thing you can do for a child.”

“Yes, there are challenges, because children come from all different backgrounds and they might be different to yours,” Sue acknowledged. “But those challenges can be overcome. There is support out there to help.”

Watch Sue’s full video here on YouTube here

We also spoke to a care leaver about how living with Foster Carers allowed them to stay local to their own community, and how their carer’s support helped them to develop the skills they needed to prepare for adulthood and move into higher education.

“When I first came into care, I was a scared little girl who struggled to make friends and in new environments I was extremely shy,” they said. “It took a lot of time, effort, and good, healthy relationship building but, thanks to a strong support system from my Foster Carers and Social Workers, I was able to gain my confidence and become who I am today.

“Now, I’m currently studying Policing at Derby University with a view to becoming a police officer,” they continued. “This way, I hope to give back to my community and show children who may struggle with coming into care that, with the right level of support and understanding from their fostering communities, they can still go on to achieve their dreams. My personal experience has only strengthened me to understand the trauma of others, which will make me a better cop one day.”

To promote the campaign, members of Peterborough’s fostering communities will be participating in the Fostering Network’s annual ‘Foster Walk’, which will see staff and carers out and about in towns and cities across the UK to raise awareness.

The Peterborough Foster Walk will take place at:

· 23 May, 12pm-1pm: Peterborough, Town Hall, PE1 1HF

The Fostering Service is also excited to welcome several new carers on 19 May at a celebration event.

Councillor Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for Children's Services, said: “Foster Carers like Sue make us realise how fortunate we are to have members of our local fostering community so dedicated to the futures of young people.

“There is a high number of young people that we still need to find homes for, which is why this welcome event in May and the amazing work that our staff and carers are doing to support Foster Care Fortnight is so important.”

As well as finding more homes for teenagers, we are looking for people to foster brothers and sisters, and children with disabilities.

To find out more about fostering for your local council, visit here

The council also holds regular sessions, both virtually and face-to-face, where a Fostering Recruitment Officer, a Social Worker and an experienced Foster Carers will give an informal presentation to explain everything you need to know about fostering.

For upcoming session dates and to book yourself a free place, visit here