IF you work for the police, fire or ambulance services, or in health, education, a local authority or charity – and would consider fostering a child in need – Somerset County Council has an important date for your diary.The Council is teaming up with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to host a fostering information event especially for past or present public and voluntary sector workers.Taunton Station is located on Lisieux Way, Taunton TA1 2HU.The event will be held in the community room, and parking will be available at the YMCA opposite.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council said: “We know that, both through national findings and what we see on the ground, often people who come forward to foster have experience working in the public or charity sector. The British Library in London holds copies of most local newspapers, including many for Somerset."What’s more, over 80% of newly-approved Foster Carers have been found to hold strong ‘Pioneer’ values, which means they’re chiefly motivated by wanting to help others, like everyone who works in the public sector.“We’re inviting Somerset people with experience of working in the public sector, emergency services or caring professions, or who volunteer in their communities along to our special fostering event at Taunton Fire Station."This will be a brilliant opportunity to hear from inspiring current Somerset Foster Carers, find out more about the children we urgently seek 50 new fostering households for, and how you could help them.” Taunton Fire Station Manager, Adrian Woollaston from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “There are many vulnerable children that are in desperate need of a loving and caring home – if you have ever thought about fostering this is a great opportunity to find out more.
It could mean the world of difference to a young person’s life.” To register your interest or book a place at this event, phone 08 or email Aand [email protected]