The team hunting for big-hearted people to help Somerset’s children is launching a special series of events all about fostering and adoption.
Somerset County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service is teaming up with Costa for nine events on specific caring schemes it urgently needs more recruits for. The national coffee chain is supporting the cause through its Community Projects Initiative.
Each of the informal evenings will focus on key fostering schemes for children and young people, who are unable to live with their birth families, or need extra support.
- Foster Carers for older children and young people
- People who could foster brothers and sisters
- Skilled individuals who can care for children with disabilities
- Understanding people who have the space in their lives to help a troubled teenager experiencing tough times.
April’s, on Monday 25 April, 7pm-9pm at Yeovil’s Costa in Middle Street, will focus on ‘Stepping Stones’ – a scheme helping teenagers become independent through mentoring, support and sharing life skills. It will also feature Short Break Care – a specialist fostering service for disabled children and young people, who might have a learning, physical or sensory disability, significant health care needs, or all of these.
You must book your place at a Costa event in advance by phoning our team on 0800 587 9900. The events are being held on the following dates:
- Monday 25 April, Costa Yeovil, BA20 1LE, 7pm-9pm
- Thursday 19 May, Costa Wells, BA5 2SG, 7pm-9pm
- Tuesday 14 June, Costa Bridgwater, TA6 3BU, 7pm-9pm
- Thursday 11 August, Costa Shepton Mallet, BA4 5EG, 7pm-9pm
- Tuesday 18 October, Costa Bridgwater, TA6 3BU, 7pm-9pm
- Thursday 17 November, Costa Yeovil, BA20 1LE, 7pm-9pm
- Monday 9 January, Costa Taunton, TA1 1JW, 7pm-9pm
- Thursday 16 February, Costa Shepton Mallet, BA4 5EG, 7pm-9pm
- Thursday 9 March, Costa Bridgwater, TA6 3BU, 7pm-9pm
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council said: “To foster for Somerset County Council is to make a direct, potentially colossal, difference to local children and families. It is to work for a not-for-profit organisation that strives to put the needs of Somerset’s children at the heart of all it does. It’s to be on the frontline, helping children and young people who need extra support or who are having a tough time.
“Not only do you give back, we’ll also give you the support, payment, and quality training to make it one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. And we always try to place children with our own carers before turning to independent agencies, which means we can offer you regular placements.
“We’re very grateful to Costa Coffee for their help and support in spreading the word of the stark need there is for more people to foster in Somerset. Thinking about fostering in the future? Come and see us at a Costa near you.”
While everyone who comes to a Costa event must register beforehand, the team are happy to accept ‘on the day’ registrations. To sign up for any of the above events, email the team on AandFRecruitment@somerset.gov.uk or phone 0800 587 9900.
To find out how you can make a difference in Somerset, visit www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk, ‘like’ the Fostering or Adoption in Somerset Facebook pages or follow @fostersomerset or @adoptsomerset on Twitter.
Notes to Editors
Somerset County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service was a finalist in the Children & Young People Now Awards 2015 in the Recruitment and Professional Development Award category. You can read more about Costa’s Community Projects Initiative at www.whitbread.co.uk/corporate-responsibility/teamandcommunities/costa-in-our-communities.html