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Could you be a weekend foster carer?

Staffordshire County Council is calling on people in Stone to support vulnerable children and their families by volunteering as foster parents once a month.

A drive to recruit foster parents who can provide weekend breaks for disabled children is to be launched by the county this week.

The service provides a lifeline to many families who are struggling to cope with the day to day challenges of caring for a disabled child, but importantly a time for the young people themselves to enjoy regular time away from their home environment, have fun and make new friends.

County Councillor Mike Lawrence, Cabinet member for Childrens’ Wellbeing, said: “Foster parents who look after disabled children at weekends play an incredibly important role in our community. They not only provide young people with new experiences, they also offer a real lifeline to parents and siblings. Caring for a child with disabilities 24/7 can put a lot of pressure on families which is why respite weekends are so vital.

“The people who give up their time to support families and children really are unsung heroes and we are lucky to have so many already volunteering in Staffordshire. The benefits that they bring to the community are immense and we are keen to build on this. By dedicating just one weekend a month, people can make an amazing difference to the lives of disabled children and their families.”

People who are interested in becoming weekend foster carers can attend two events that are taking place as part of Shared Care Week.

There’s an event on Saturday 26th March at St Editha’s Square, Tamworth, from 10am to 2pm.

Full training is given to foster parents, no previous experience is needed and volunteering can be arranged to suit those in full time work. Providing short-break care can provide a stepping stone into full time foster care if people want to, however, there is no pressure to do so.

Click here for more information on fostering or call 0800 1692 061.

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