Free Family Fun Day to Mark end of Foster Care Fortnight

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MUSIC, dancing and games will be on offer at a Family Fun Day in Reading Town Centre this Sunday (21st May).

The Council’s Family Placement Team are staging the event at the Biscuit Tin, opposite Reading Railway Station, to mark the end of Foster Care Fortnight.

Families are invited to join in the fun and find out more about what fostering involves and how they might be able to help.

Entertainment at the fun day will include face painting, music, Capoeira classes, salsa and Bollywood dancing displays and classes, games and a barbecue.

The Family Placement Team will also be on hand to talk about fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives.

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.

The council is also looking to recruit carers to its Short Breaks Scheme, which involves providing a regular overnight stay or day respite care to Reading families where there is a child with a disability.

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.

Councillor Jan Gavin, Lead Member for Children’s Services, said:

“We are inviting families to come along and enjoy this fabulous free fun day and to find out more about fostering.

“Fostering can be a challenging but hugely rewarding role and we need local foster carers from all walks of life for a variety of different children. If you have the time and commitment to support our children, even on a part-time basis, we would love to hear from you.”

The Foster Care Family Fun Day is taking place at the area outside The Biscuit Tin, Station Hill, between midday and 4pm on Sunday 21st May. All are welcome.

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.

David Millward

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