IN JULY, a group of six young people were shown around the Houses of Parliament with local MP, Stephen Metcalfe.
The young people, some of which are fostered, travelled from their foster families across the country to ask questions and take a tour of the historic buildings.
Portfolio Holder for Social Care, Cllr Sue Little was thrilled opportunities were being made available to children in foster care.
Although she couldn’t make the day, she spoke after the event: “We are corporate parents, which means all of the elected members share responsibility for the welfare of the children in our care.
“These children are extremely bright, ambitious and driven and I’m extremely pleased Stephen Metcalfe found time in his busy day to take questions and conduct a tour.
“Being a corporate parent isn’t simply about reading reports, it is about ensuring our children have access to the same opportunities as everybody else and this is a fantastic way to inspire a small group of the next generation.”
She added: “Last year, two of the same group visited Cambridge University.”
“But, the fact is we have intelligent, loving, positive young people in care and we don’t have enough foster carers.
“If you have ever thought about foster care, I really encourage you to attend one of open event drop-ins. They are informal and direct with the Fostering team who will answer any questions.”
To find out more about Fostering in Thurrock, visit: thurrock.gov.uk/fostering
The next fostering drop-in dates are:
Tuesday 16 August, 11am to 3pm, South Ockendon Fun Day, Bonnygate Wood Park, Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon, RM15 5AF
Monday 22 August, 10am to 8pm, Tesco, Gallows Corner, Bryant Avenue, Romford, RM3 0LL
Friday 16 September, 10am to 4pm, Sainsbury’s, Howard Road, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6YJ
Tuesday 27 September, 10am to 4pm, Basildon Hospital Main Foyer, Nethermayne, Basildon, SS16 5NL