Fostering Could Be Your Missing Piece

Campaign launched to recruit more foster carers and help people find their missing piece in life

A campaign has been launched in Swindon to encourage people to consider becoming foster carers and discover how fulfilling it can be.

With the start of a new year, commonly a time for change, the appeal by Swindon Borough Council asks potential carers whether there is something missing in their life and if this vital role could hold the key.

That has certainly proved the case for Liz Butler, who wanted to give something back after retiring from her career in pub management and office work.

Liz, aged 64, from Wootton Bassett, said: “I’m so glad I decided to go for it. I’ve learned so much and it has given me a new lease of life. It is such a great feeling to be able to help someone and watch them fly.”

Foster carers of all ages are needed for children of all ages, with placements lasting anything from a few days to many years. Carers must have a spare room and they will receive payment and allowances to help cover their time and expenses as well as free ongoing training. Help is also available 24/7 so carers feel supported every step of the way.

Liz said: “I would highly recommend it. There’s a brilliant support network, so you can get together with other carers over coffee or lunch to share experiences. Fostering has definitely changed my life for the better and I hope I’m doing my bit to help others too.”

If you, or someone you know, may be interested please call: 01793 464329, email: fosteringrecruitment@swindon.gov.uk or visit www.swindon.gov.uk/fostering

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