Celeb Footy Kicks Off Fostering Drive
‘Cheggers’ Chegwin main attraction of campaign to recruit more foster carers.
Opening the event will be BBC pundit and ex Crystal Palace star Mark Bright, who will be speaking about his own experience as a looked after child. Taking part in the on-pitch action will be Channel 4’s Relocation, Relocation presenter Phil Spencer.
There will also be a cheerleader’s workshop run by the Feltham Dance Company.
The event is part of Fostering Fortnight (May 17 – 30) – a campaign aimed at raising awareness about fostering and encouraging more residents to provide homes for local children who need a place to stay.
The council offers a wide range of support and assistance to carers, including training and day-to-day back-up so that they can provide young people with the high standards of care they need. People who provide a foster home also receive weekly payments and allowances.
Executive member for children’s services Kathy Tracey said:
“Wandsworth’s foster carers perform an invaluable service to local children, often at a time of real crisis. The more foster homes we have available, the more likely it is we can keep local children close to their friends and in reach of their school.
“Throughout Fostering Fortnight we’ll be encouraging more residents to think seriously about whether their household could help look after local children when they need it most.”
May 15, 2010