As a bit of fun; to support the annual Children in Need appeal staff based in Wales met at the Cardiff office to try out their baking skills. Staff who opted out of baking, were the judges and scored the cakes on both taste and appearance.
The Foster Care Co-operative, supports children in need throughout the year, not just for one day.
According to statistics an additional 8,600 additional foster carers are needed throughout the UK, this year alone. Without enough foster families willing and able to offer homes to these groups, some children will find themselves living a long way from family, school and friends, being split up from brothers and sisters, or being placed with a foster carer who does not have the ideal skills and experience to meet their specific needs.*
Katrina Rohman, Marketing & Strategy Officer for Wales said; “There are so many myths and stereotypes that surround fostering, many people think they can’t do it for many different reasons but generally it isn’t the case. Our carers come from all walks of life and different backgrounds; all bringing different skills and experience. All we ask is that you have a spare room and some spare time. The team were really excited to take part in this years appeal for Children In Need. It's something that is close to all of our hearts. Plus we all really enjoy cake!”
Carers come from all walks of life - married, single, separated or divorced, in a regular or long term partnership or in a civil relationship. In return FCC offers professional 24 hour support from fully qualified social workers, full and comprehensive ongoing training and a fee which recognises a professional caring role. What all the FCC foster carers have in common is a commitment to the children placed in their care. As a Not-For-Profit organisation there are no shareholders so children and young people are placed based on their needs and not to reach a numerical target. Also based on a Co-operative structure that enables formal partnership with clear established governance – local, loved, trusted.
Ian Brazier, Executive Director said; “Having just celebrated fifteen years of The Foster Care Co-operative, a tremendous milestone, we have created a community of dedicated professional foster carers and a fantastic staffing team to meet the needs of vulnerable and often complex young people, offering them a safe and stable family environment. I am inspired every day by the dedication and commitment of our carers.”
If you'd like to donate you can visit the Foster Care Co-operative's Just Giving page, donating directly to Children In Need here: https://www.justgiving.com/FosterCareCoop
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