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We celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2018 – here’s how

It’s Foster Care Fortnight! Which means it’s time to celebrate and showcase the commitment, passion and dedication of our Foster Carers, while also highlighting the need for more Foster Carers across the UK.

Statistics from The Fostering Network show a national shortage of 6800 of Foster Carers in England alone, and many of our Foster Carers are committed to helping reduce the national shortfall and have shared their fostering stories with us, which you can read on the Five Rivers social media pages over the next few weeks.

Fostering Myths and Barriers

Five Rivers will also be working to break down the myths and barriers to Foster Care across our social media channels, in a bid to end the common misconceptions surrounding Fostering following our survey in 2017.

Nicci Willock, Director of Fostering Services at Five Rivers, said:

“It’s concerning that we might be missing out on recruiting wonderful new carers simply because they assume that they are ineligible to foster. There is currently a huge shortage of foster carers across the UK, so it’s essential that we challenge the misconceptions surrounding these perceived barriers to becoming qualified, so more people can come forward ready to help disadvantaged children when they need it the most.

How can you get involved?

Could You Foster? Call us now on 0345 266 0272 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, why not visit one of our local Fostering Offices across the South East, South West, West Country, North and London for more information or an informal chat?

Want to raise awareness? We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Read and share our stories over the next few weeks!

Join in the conversation – #FCF18

Events during Foster Care Fortnight

The Five Rivers Social Work Teams will be out and about during Foster Care Fortnight, with the following recruitment events taking place:

14th May – Starbucks Coffee, Salisbury
15th May – Costa Coffee, Melksham
15th May – Pontefract Gym
16th May – Milton Keynes Jobs Fair
16th May – Mansfield Gym
17th May – Dorchester Borough Gardens
17th May – Mansfield Gym
22nd May – Pontefract Gym
22nd May – Worksop Gym
22nd May – Barnsley Gym
23rd May – Western Plus Angel Hotel, Chippenham
24th May – BFRS Aldershot Jobs Fair
24th May – Worksop Gym
25th May – Barnsley Gym

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