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10/05/2019 - Foster a child, change a future

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Fostering Fortnight

Luton Council is supporting Foster Care Fortnight (13 to 26 May 2019) by making an appeal to residents in the town to consider changing a future by fostering a local child.

Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. 

This year their message is #changeafuture to highlight the transformational power of foster care – not just the power to change the lives of children in foster care but fostering is also shown to have transformed the lives of fostering families.

Michelle and Denzil Gayle have been fostering for over five years. Michelle said: “I think one of the best things about being a foster carer is giving a young person a home. Simple things like a safe home and loving care to meet the basic needs of a young person can be so rewarding.

“I would definitely recommend that you foster with Luton Council. They provide you with all the training and you get a social worker supervisor who you can turn to for support and advice if you need it. If you have the heart, give a young person a chance to thrive in your family environment.”

The council has launched its new fostering campaign with a music theme to reach out to residents. Amanda Lewis, Corporate Director of People said: “We are committed to ensuring that children and young people in Luton have the best care and opportunities available. We need foster carers to give children in care a positive experience of family life and a chance at a brighter and better future.

"Music is a universal language and connects with people across cultural, economic, religious and social circumstances. My hope is that the new campaign will appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds. Our children come from different types of families and we need foster carers from a wide range of life and work experiences to meet their needs.”

The council’s fostering service is hosting two information events at Inspire Luton Sports village on Wednesday, 15 May from 10am to 3pm and at The Mall on Wednesday, 22 May from 9.30am to 5pm. It’s a good chance to discuss your thoughts and questions with the team.

If you have the relevant skills and experience and the willingness to make a difference to a child or young person in Luton, we want to hear from you. All applicants will need to be over 21 and have at least one spare room. You’ll be supported every step of the way, receive an allowance, training and 24 hours support. To find out more, contact the our  fostering team on 01582 547569 or visit our fostering page.
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