Council staff come together in support of foster care

'Bring Your Bear for Foster Care' day raised over £600 for Southampton Foster Carers' Association

Southampton Foster Carers' Association were presented with donations totaling £617.17 this week following a fundraising effort from staff at Southampton City Council.

The council hosted a ‘Bring Your Bear for Foster Care’ day where staff brought their childhood teddy bears in to work and donated to the Foster Carers' Association.

They also produced a short video to help raise awareness of the need to recruit more foster carers for Southampton children. The fun video features teams from waste and recycling, housing, adult social care, parks, highways and others taking a minute out of their day to sing the ‘Bare Necessities’ song in support of foster carers and looked after children.

The video has been viewed more than 20,000 times on social media by local people supporting and sharing the message. You can watch it on YouTube HERE.

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Southampton Foster Carers' Association offer activities and social events for fostering families and the children in their care. It gives additional help to foster carers with monthly support groups in two regions of the city. The SFCA also provides newly approved foster carers with 'buddies' - putting them in contact with experienced carers who can offer advice and support when needed.

They organise annual events including fun days, barbecues, discos, day trips, a Halloween party and a Christmas grotto. The SFCA has also funded a holiday to Haven for the foster families this year. 

Councillor John Jordan, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care at Southampton City Council, said:
“It was great to see staff from across the council coming together to show their support for our foster carers. The association does a fantastic job in supporting foster families and in hosting events that are really positive shared experiences for looked after children.”

“We need more foster carers to come forward from Southampton and the surrounding areas. I hope that anyone out there who feels they could make a positive difference to a child or young person will be encouraged to come forward. We will support you every step of the way.”

Joanne Lane, Chair of Southampton Foster Carers' Association, said:
“We were touched by the support all the different teams at the council have shown us. I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who donated in support of foster families.”

If you think you could give a child a brighter future please get in touch with our friendly team today. Call us on 0800 5 19 18 18 or visit our fostering web pages.

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What is fostering?
Foster carers provide stable homes for children who can no longer live with their birth families. Young people who come in to the care of Local Authorities come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Ranging from new-born babies to teenagers, they all have different reasons for being in care.

Our foster carers offer a warm, caring and firm foundation, enabling children and young people to move into the future with confidence. We use the word 'carer' because fostering involves more than being a substitute parent. The main difference is that many fostered young people will return to live with their own parents. Our careful matching service means that we will consult you before we make a placement and we never encourage you to look after a young person if it does not meet your circumstances.