North West charity, the Together Trust, is supporting this year’s Foster Care Fortnight (8-21 May), the UK’s biggest foster care awareness campaign.
Led by The Fostering Network, the two-week campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers.
The Together Trust supports over 2,600 people and families with a wide range of support services including special education, residential, community, family supportand fostering.
With over 400 referrals for placements coming through to the charity every month, the Together Trust’s fostering agency - which has been established for more than 19 years – is helping to spread the message that foster care transforms lives.
Sally Bayliss who has been fostering with the charity for 13 years said: “I wanted to give something back and make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people.
“The process wasn’t hard and the support that you get from the fostering team is fantastic.
“The highlights of my time fostering are the relationships I have made with the young people I have supported. I cared for a young girl name Michelle* for three years, she’s now a mother of a four-year-old and a one-year-old, even after leaving the placement we have remained close. Her children call me nana and I’m so honoured to be given that privilege.”
Foster carers receive round-the-clock support from experienced social workers and therapists along with competitive allowances and fees.
Sally added: “I like the support that I get from the Together Trust, you always know there’s someone at the other end of the phone. The social workers went above and beyond, they were absolutely outstanding. The whole package is fantastic, nothing is too much trouble, you’re a team at the Together Trust.”
The charity’s fostering agency is currently looking for carers who can look after children aged 10 or older, sibling groups or young people together with their children.
Head of Children and Families at Together Trust Ian Uttridge said: “We have hundreds of referrals every month for children and young people who need a safe and secure home. “Fostering truly does transform lives, by providing a stable family setting, carers can make the most profound difference to the life of a child.
“If you have ever considered fostering or you are looking for a change in direction, get in touch with our team or visit one of our drop-in sessions during Foster Care Fortnight.”
The Together Trust will be holding two drop-in events at their central office on Schools Hill, Cheadle on Thursday 11 May 11am-3pm and Tuesday 16 May 4-8pm.
To find out more about the events or to speak to a member of the fostering team visit www.togethertrust.org.uk/foster or call 0161 286 4242.