A FRESH new look fostering campaign has been launched to encourage potential carers to find out about more about looking after a child in Thurrock.
The ‘Make a Difference’ campaign launched last Saturday (28 October) and will be promoted across the borough after being created by working with existing foster carers in a bid to help recruit more people into this rewarding role.
Thurrock Council has more than 300 looked after children and is in need of foster carers – particularly – to look after teenagers and sibling groups.
Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Children’s Social Care said: “Securing a stable home for our children in care who are no longer able to live with their families is important and we are looking for carers from a wide range of backgrounds, you need to be able to offer a spare bedroom and time to children who have experienced upset or neglect in their lives.
‘We are facing a shortage of foster carers in the borough; we’re looking for people who have space in their hearts and home to make a real difference.
“By joining us, you become part of our fostering team and will receive the help, guidance and support you need right from the start to throughout your fostering career.
“So if you think you have what it takes or you know someone who could become a Thurrock foster carer then we want to hear from you. Why not visit us at one of our drop in sessions for an informal chat to find out more.”
If you think you can make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Thurrock contact Thurrock Council’s fostering service on freephone 0800 652 1256 or go to thurrock.gov.uk/fostering for more information.