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Foster drive a huge success but more carers welcome

A drive to raise the profile of foster carers in Swansea and encourage people to think about becoming carers has been a huge success.


More than 50 people made enquiries about becoming a carer with Foster Swansea during Foster Care Fortnight, 'Foster Care Transforms Lives' awareness campaign.

During the drive the Foster Swansea team manned stands in the Quadrant Shopping Centre and at various Tesco stores within Swansea.

They enjoyed some high profile support with Wales and British Lion star Liam Williams and Ospreys player Dafydd Howells among those pledging their support.

Two open evenings were also staged at the Civic Centre where people could find out more about becoming foster carers.

Matthew Simons, Business Development Officer for Foster Swansea, said he was delighted with the interest the campaign generated.

He added: "It has proved an excellent opportunity for us to raise awareness and engage with the public about the need of fostering.

"There are currently approximately 140 foster carers in the Swansea area but there is always a need for more and this was our chance to shout about all the good work our carers do and the rewards it brings."

Mr Simons said the number of enquiries was more than twice as many as those received during any previous year.

And he stressed even though Foster Fortnight had finished anyone interested in becoming a carer would still be very welcome to contact the service.

"If anyone is able to offer a child/young person a safe and secure home and have at least 1-spare bedroom or would like to find out more information, I urge them to contact Foster Swansea.

"By calling there is no commitment being made. We can discuss if fostering is right for you and your family."

Foster Swansea will have a stand at the Wales Air Show next month.

It has also prepared an online guide to dispel some myths about the types of people that can foster.

Some people wrongly believe they cannot foster if they are single, are over 55, are in a same sex relationship, live in rented accommodation, smoke or are overweight.

The guide can be found at:

Mr Simons added: "As an organisation we are still finding there are misconceptions of fostering and so events like this are essential for us to dispel any myths and interact with people face to face who are genuinely interested in becoming carers."

"People across Swansea have responded extremely positively to our call for more carers in the community and have really shown their appreciation to the importance of nurturing and supporting those in need to ensure the best outcomes for them."

To find out more phone the team on 0300 555 0111 or visit www.fosterswansea.or

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