Children in Care Enjoy Free Day of Adventure

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LOOKED after children and their foster families from across Reading enjoyed a free day of adventure at the Council’s Outpost venue on Friday (August 18).

As part of the ongoing work to increase participation in Reading’s Children in Care Council (Your Destiny Your Choice) young people and their foster families were invited to join Reading staff in a fun day.

The exclusive trip at the exciting new leisure area was organised by Reading’s Participation Workers, who have worked closely with Children’s Services teams to offer positive activities and a fun day out for those young people in our care over the summer. Also, the day served as a thank you to the Council’s foster carers for their commitment and dedication.

Activities at The Outpost, in Richfield Avenue, included circus skills, laser clay shooting, Natural Wildness area and Owen’s Animals.

Other attractions on site were a bouncy castle, mini-golf, inflatable slide, balance bikes and food and refreshment stands.

Councillor Jan Gavin, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Children’s Services who visited the event, said:

“We want to encourage our looked after children to make their voices heard and be more involved in decisions which affect them through the Children in Care Council (CiCC).

“This adventure day was held to promote participation from our looked after children and as a thank you to our foster carers who were encouraged to bring their whole family.

“I hope everybody had a fabulous time and I look forward to hearing more from our children in care in the future.”

The Children in Care Council, called ‘Your Destiny Your Choice’ in Reading, exists to give children in care a forum to express their views, influence services and the support they receive, with direct links to the Director and Lead Councillor for Children’s Services.

The CiCC is holding a re-launch event in the Civic Offices, in Bridge Street, between 5pm-7pm on 18th September and foster carers and young people in care are invited. Anyone interested in attending should contact Catie Blundell at catie.blundell@reading.gov.uk.

Notes to Editors

Reading Family Placements Team is currently looking to recruit more foster carers who could offer short term or long term care to children and young people of all ages.

People who foster genuinely care about children and young people and want to do something practical which will really make a difference. Providing a home and giving support to a child who needs help is rewarding and satisfying. The carer’s own children also benefit by making new friends and learning about the circumstances of less fortunate families.

Carers are paid an allowance based on national guidelines which covers the cost of caring for the child or young person, plus an additional payment which recognises their important role as foster carers.

Social workers provide regular support and guidance to carers and there are excellent training opportunities. Membership of local and national carers groups also provides support and offers opportunities to connect with other foster carers. Activities are also organised for the birth children of foster carers.

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster carer can contact The Fostering Recruitment Team on (0118) 937 3740, email f&a.recruitment@reading.gov.uk, text the words FOSTER or ADOPT to 81722 or visit www.reading.gov.uk/fostering.

The Council’s Reading Play team hosted four weeks of summer family fun at The Outpost (next to Rivermead Leisure Centre) between 24th July and 17th August.

David Millward

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