Make 2019 the year you make a difference – become a foster carer


Potential foster carers in North Somerset are being urged to come forward this New Year and help make a difference to the lives of children and young people in the area.

Currently around 230 children in North Somerset are in foster care at any one time. Sometimes, due to a shortage of foster carers in North Somerset, children have to be placed in expensive, private foster care placements outside of the area – away from their schools, friends and other familiar sources of support.

North Somerset Council’s fostering team are holding their next information evening at Costa Coffee, Oxford Street in Weston-super-Mare (near Nando’s), from 6.30pm to 8pm on Wednesday 16 January.

The team are hoping that people who come along to that event to find out more about becoming a foster carer will go on to take part in their Skills to Foster course, which is due to start at the beginning of February.

Cllr Jan Barber, executive member with responsibility for children and young people’s services, said: “We urgently need more local foster carers. By coming forward you could help us increase the number of foster carers in North Somerset, meaning we could place children and young people local to their home community.

“Our next Skills to Foster training is due to start at the beginning of February and we would really like this course to be full! The training usually takes three days – two consecutive Saturdays plus a weekday – and helps you to prepare for fostering before applying formally.

“If you think you’ve got what it takes or just want to find out more, please come along to our information evening on Wednesday 16 January. Or, if you’re unable to attend the evening please do get in touch with our fostering team via their website or by phone, and we’ll be able to send you an information pack. We would love to hear from you.”

Find out more about becoming a foster carer by visiting www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fostering or calling 01275 888 999.