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Fostering team set sail to Albert Dock to promote scheme

Fostering team set sail to Albert Dock to promote scheme

by Tom Martin (August 2021)

IT  was  “ship ahoy!”  for  Sefton’s  Fostering Team and foster carers  as they  took a  voyage  of discovery for people  thinking abou t taking up  fostering. 

Setting  sail on the ‘Pride of Sefton’ canal boat, the group  headed  from the Titanic  and into the Albert Dock,  to  raise  awareness  about fostering and the need for  local  people to give loving homes to children in Sefton. 

Among those on board were  Angela and Paul,  who  have fostered with Sefton Council for three years. They  joined the crew  to  help to spread  the  important message  about the  rewarding role  of fostering.  

Angela said:  “Fostering has been one of the best  things  we have ever done. We have three  children  of our own and we both work full time and  our foster children really become part of our family life. 

Paul went on to say:  “Its just so rewarding and for some people you will never feel that it’s the right  time,  but you just have to  find out more and you will never look back” 

Sailing along Merseyside’s waterways,  Joan who  also  fosters for Sefton said:  “My partner Mike wasn’t sure at first but after chatting we decided to go for it and ten years later, we are still enjoying every minute.  

“This is why we’ve come today to help Sefton to try and  encourage  more people to foster for the Council because  there are  children  out there who  really need  the care and  support  we can provide.”   

Helen Collins, who  works with  Sefton Fostering’s  Recruitment  and Support  team  said:  “Coming out on  beautiful days  like this not only brings  Sefton’s  fostering family closer,  but  also  allows us to speak to people face to face, share experiences,  and let them know  how much  they can make a difference  to the lives of young people. 

 “Thank you to  Sovini  and ‘The Pride of Sefton’ crew who never fail to give us an amazing  trip  and help us spread the word in a fun way.” 

Sefton’s Foster  Carers receive full training and support, plus? payments for ?their ?skills and allowances.  Anyone who is thinking about fostering  should  get in touch  by  speaking  to one of the team on our freephone number ?0800 923 2777  to find out more.  

People can also find  out more on  our dedicated website ?https://seftonfostering.co.uk/?

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