#TeamFostercare is made up of 21 foster carers, social workers and supporters from Hampshire County Council and runs in brightly-coloured orange and pink bibs to raise visibility of the need for more foster families in Hampshire.
They have the backing of Hampshire’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Young People, Councillor Patricia Stallard, who said:
“As we approach Hampshire’s first Foster Focus Week later this month, I’m cheering on this fantastic team of people who are giving up their precious spare time and energy to raise awareness of the need to find homes for Hampshire’s looked-after children.
“We have a large and supportive community of foster carers from all backgrounds, but there is a particular shortage of carers for older children, those in sibling groups or who have a disability. I urge anyone who is watching the Great South Run to give a special cheer if they see any #TeamFostercare runners and to visit their information marquee on Clarence Esplanade on the day.”
Foster Focus Week (28 October to 3 November) is a Hampshire initiative that aims to dispel the myths about fostering and encourage people to step forward as potential foster carers. Councillor Stallard added:
“You don’t need special qualifications to become a foster carer, just some childcare experience, a determination to give a safe and happy home to vulnerable children and a spare bedroom. During Foster Focus Week, our staff and experienced foster carers will be visiting communities all over the county to answer questions from anyone who is interested.”
The #TeamFostercare marquee at the Great South Run can be found at Stand 10 in the Charity Village on Clarence Esplanade between 7am and 2pm on Sunday 20 October, where the team will be happy to chat about fostering - from allowances to training, support to types of care.
They will also be holding drop-in sessions at the following locations during Foster Focus Week:
• Fort Nelson: Monday 28 October, 10am – 2pm, Portsdown Hill Road, Portchester, PO17 6AN;
• Milestones Museum: Tuesday 29 October, 10am – 12pm, Leisure Park, Basingstoke, RG22 6PG;
• ASDA Andover: Thursday 31 October, 9am – 11am, Anton Mill Road, SP10 2RW;
• Swanwick: Thursday 31 October, 4pm – 7pm, Glen Lodge, Glen Road, Swanwick, SO31 7HD;
• Swanwick: Friday 1 November, 11:30am – 2:30pm, Glen Lodge, Glen Road, Swanwick, SO31 7HD.
For more information about these and other fostering events, visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/fostering.