Torbay foster carer opportunities
Do you live in or around Torbay? Do you have a room in your home and room in your life? Are you considering becoming a foster carer? If the answer is yes then Torbay Foster Care service wants to hear from you.
A number of events will be running in November to encourage anyone interested in becoming a foster carer to find out more information and speak to a member of the fostering team.
The recruitment events are being held because there is a shortage of foster carers in Torbay, which reflects the picture nationally. Almost anyone will be considered irrespective of age, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, marital or residential status. The most important thing is to offer a child a safe, supportive and caring home.
Approved and registered foster carers with Torbay Council will be given a named social worker to support and guide them. A weekly allowance for each child fostered as well as an additional payment recognising skills and abilities is available. Monthly support groups and training is offered in addition to membership of a national support network and access to specialist support.
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Executive Lead for Children, Schools and Families, Councillor Chris Lewis, said: "It is vital that we recruit more foster carers in the Torbay area. A shortage means that children and young people have to leave behind their local area, schools, friends and families so they can be placed with suitable carers. This adds to the challenges and difficulties they're already experiencing. The more carers we have the better the service we can provide to children and young people in the Bay.
"When people find out how flexible fostering can be they are often surprised to discover that their own lifestyles are ideally suited to this rewarding vocation. I would urge anyone thinking about fostering to come along to one of the drop-in events or have an informal chat with one of Foster Care team."
Anyone interested in fostering is being invited to pop along to one of the following events:
Thursday 1 November Sainsburys, The Willows, Torquay 10am - 6pm
Friday 2 November Sainsburys, Newton Abbot 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 6 November Tor Hill House, Torquay 4.30pm - 7pm
Wednesday 7 November Barbican Leisure Park, Plymouth 12noon - 5pm
Friday 9 November Totnes Market 10am - 1pm
Saturday 10 November Brixham Town Centre 10am - 1pm
Saturday 10 November Exeter Town Centre 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 13 November Tor Hill House, Torquay 4.30pm - 7pm
Wednesday 14 November Parkfield, Paignton 1pm - 7.30pm
Tuesday 20 November Newton Abbot Library (TBC) 11am - 2pm
Friday 23 November The Mansion, Fore Street, Totnes 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 27 November Tor Hill House, Torquay 4.30pm - 7pm
On Tuesday 13 November the council is particularly keen to hear from potential carers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities who have an interest in adoption or fostering. On Tuesday 27 November potential carers from minority ethnic and cultural groups are being encouraged to attend the drop-in event.
For further details about these events or for more information about fostering please telephone Torbay Foster Care Team on 01803 207857, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.torbay.gov.uk/fostercare