Fostering in 2013: Turn your house into a home

THURROCK’S top councillor for children is calling on people to take up a fulfilling vocation in 2013.

Cllr Oliver Gerrish – Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services – says: “As the New Year begins many people will think about what changes to their lives they can make.”

Thurrock Fostering is urging all those people who have been considering fostering to take the next step and turn their house into a home.

Cllr Gerrish said: “Fostering is a way to make a real positive difference to a child’s life, providing children and young people with a stable and loving home and the support and encouragement they need to flourish and do well.

“There’s no doubt it’s a challenging job, but many carers find it incredibly worthwhile and rewarding with the opportunity to undergo training and learn new skills.”

He added: “Foster carers do one of the most important jobs in Thurrock – they give children and young people the chance of a better future – becoming a foster carer is an incredible way to make a difference.

“There are a number of children in the borough who – for many reasons – are unable to live at home. There are few more rewarding things you can do than give them the care and stability they need.”

Depending on skills and experience, foster carers with Thurrock Council can receive up to £478 a week to foster a teenager, which includes an allowance for the child and a fee as a carer.

If you want to work from home and you have an ’empty nest’, or you are currently not working and looking for a new job, you might want to consider fostering.

All Thurrock Fostering ask is that you are 21 or over and have a spare room in your home.

Jackie Howell, chair of Thurrock Foster Carer Association, , said: “It’s really rewarding to see the difference we make to the children’s lives, but also because they make a positive difference to our life as well, they make our houses homes.”

The fostering team will be at the Lakeside Shopping Centre from Monday, 28 January to Sunday, 3 February to chat to people about the role.

They will be on the main concourse on the first floor between Marks & Spencer and WH Smith where advice about how to turn your house into a home will be available.

Alternatively anybody interested can visit thurrockfostering.gov.uk or call 0800 652 1256 / 01375 652624.

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