Cumbria County Council encourages Eden residents to become foster carers in new campaign (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Cumbria County Council encourages Eden residents to become foster carers in new campaign
3:24pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
HOMEOWNERS in Eden are being encouraged to become part of Cumbria’s biggest family this month and become a foster carer.
Cumbria County Council supports 17 foster families in Eden who are currently looking after around 30 children.
The need for more carers in the area is vital and the new campaign will hope to inspire others to become a foster carer.
This major campaign will see all households in Eden receiving a leaflet through their door, alongside TV advertising.
The star of this new campaign is a real foster carer who lives in Eden talking about her experiences and what motivates her to foster.
Star of the campaign, Sam said: “Being part of this campaign has been a new experience – it’s keeping me much busier than fostering children.
“We’re involved because we think it’s really important that Cumbrian kids are able to be placed with local foster carers and to do that more people need to come forward.
“We love working with kids and just thought we could make a difference, nothing more than that. If you’re thinking about fostering, I’d encourage you to take the next step, visit the website – and give the council a call.”
As part of the campaign people are being reminded that there is no such thing as a typical foster carer. The council support carers from all walks of life, single or in a relationship, married or not, gay or straight.
Coun Anne Burns, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our foster carers do an incredible job and they’re an absolutely essential part of the team.
“This campaign is really important, and we want everyone to take a moment and consider becoming part of our fostering family.
“The council has years of experience working we provide excellent training and support. I’d really love people to get in touch and find out more.”
For further information contact Alice Gill on 01228226241.
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