Local charities and services on the Fylde Coast
Fostering agency appeals for new foster carers
As post-pandemic demand for foster carers soars1, Alpha Plus Fostering is urging Blackpool residents interested in providing a loving, nurturing home for a child in need to join them and find out more about fostering at 10.30am – 1.30pm on Sunday 4th July at the Village Hotel, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8LL.
Alpha Plus Fostering is part of the National Fostering Group - the largest independent fostering provider in the UK.
“Everyone is welcome - people of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, physical abilities and the LGBT+ community.
You can be single, married, a homeowner or a tenant. Anyone over 21, who is kind and loving, is willing to learn and work with other professionals, with a spare room and the time to care for a child who may have had a challenging start to life, has the potential to become a foster carer, and do probably the most fulfilling job ever,” said Nicky Saggerson, Carer Recruitment Officer, Alpha Plus.
In a series of short fact-filled sessions Nicky, together with Supervising Social Worker Laura Carr, will explain the process involved in becoming a foster carer - the initial home visit, application and assessment and preparation involved for life as a foster parent. Fostering finances and the training and support available to foster carers making the journey will also be discussed.
“My advice is, think about what you want your role as a foster parent to look like. Fostering is a vast field so choose what works for you, for example, you might choose to become a shorter term foster parent, because you feel able to offer a child a home for a just a few years or you may decide you only want to foster teenagers.
Be flexible and stay open, you will get guidance as to how your skills can best be utilised. There is lots of training and support available to you so why not grab the opportunity and make a difference to a child’s future?” said Nicky. The Alpha Plus team will be on hand to answer any questions.
For more information about the event and how you can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people in your local community by becoming a foster carer, please email Nicky at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.nfa.co.uk/alpha-plus-fostering/ today and start your highly rewarding fostering adventure!
Each week no matter how bad the weather, we go out around Blackpool to ensure those living on the streets receive a hot meal, hot drink, sandwich, snacks, but most importantly a friendly face & someone to listen.
If you would like to find out more or volunteer, checkout our Facebook page: Helping Hearts
The Light Lounge
The Light Lounge is a crisis intervention and prevention mental health service offering support to the communities of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
On the 27th and 28th of June, The Light Lounge are having their official service launch and are inviting you to help them celebrate!
Come along to 259 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool to meet the team and find out more about the support on offer at the Light Lounge. We will be having taster sessions, talks from previous service users, arts and crafts and so much more.
Join us on the 27th June 12:00-16:00
and the 28th June 13:00-15:00
For more information, please contact
The Light Lounge via email: BlackpoolHaven@richmondfellowship.org.uk
Telephone: 01253 477745
Be sure to follow @TheLightLoungeBlackpool on Facebook to be kept up to date and for sneak peaks of the launch itself!