News and events

Keep up to date with the latest news and events, and everything to do with fostering.

Below the event listings is our very own fostering blog, a place where you can read interesting articles and testimonials, and be the first to hear about fostering news. 

Information events

Fostering open event information sessions 2018

Come along to one of our regular informal information evenings to find out more about fostering. The aim of the sessions is to help you decide whether to take the next step.

They are held once a month at Blackpool Sports Centre, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ. 

On each date listed below, the session times are as follows -

Fostering session 5.00pm - 7.30pm

You don't have to attend the entire session, you can call in at a time that is convenient to yourself. Our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The dates for 2018 are as follows:

  • Tuesday January 16

  • Tuesday February 13

  • Tuesday March 13

  • Tuesday April 10

  • Tuesday May 15

  • Tuesday June 12

  • Tuesday July 10

  • Tuesday August 14

  • Tuesday September 11

  • Tuesday October 16

  • Tuesday November 13

  • Tuesday December 11

We look forward to meeting to you. 

 

 

Fostering blog

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Foster carer recruitment event - Sunday 28 August - Stanley Park

Once again, the team headed over to Stanley Park to recruit new foster carers and to give information to those who would like to find out more.  

Located by the Art Deco Cafe, members from the team were be on hand in the fostering trailer to provide those interested with further details about becoming a foster carer for Blackpool Council. If you would like an information pack, or would like to ask a few questions - take the opportunity. We would love to meet anyone interested in becoming a foster carer - our upcoming events are listed above. 

Foster carer recruitment week 

From the 5 - 9 September our friendly team held a week long recruitment event in Blackpool town centre, located close to the front entrance of Marks and Spencer, Church Street. The trailer was placed in front of the Winter Gardens and members of the team were there between 11am - 3pm daily to talk fostering. All our information events are informal and friendly, allowing you an opportunity to find out more - whatever stage you are at in your fostering journey our team members are on hand to help you decide whether you are ready to take the next steps. 

Prospective foster carer information event - Sunday 3 July - Stanley Park

Our friendly team attended the family fun events that took place at Stanley Park. Alongside a classic motorcycle show and with bandstand entertainment,  it really was a great place to spend a sunny (luckily) Sunday afternoon*. 

Located by the art deco cafe, members from the team were on hand to provide those interested with further information about becoming a foster carer for Blackpool Council. If you would like an information pack, or would like to ask a few questions - take the opportunity and attend one of our upcoming events. We would love to meet anyone interested in becoming a foster carer. 

Foster Care Fortnight 2016 

Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by The Fostering Network and is supported by local authorities across the nation. Established for almost 20 years, the campaign helps to highlight the requirement for more foster families to come forward.

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In 2016 it is estimated over 9,000 foster families are needed in the UK alone. 1,300 of which are required in the North West alone to provide care for a range of children - with the highest demand for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and children with additional needs specifically. 

This year the campaign took place from Monday 16 to Sunday 29 May 2016. As always Blackpool Council fully supported the campaign, and ran numerous recruitment events, a website special and even teamed out with two other local authorities to bring you ten reasons to foster. 

 

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 7-13 March 2016 

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 More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children in Blackpool, particularly for those over four years old and sibling groups. Blackpool Council is supporting LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week and encourages prospective applicants to come along and hear more about the process at one of our upcoming open events. We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm, as it’s often their first choice for growing their family. Many of our children have had a very traumatic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents. You can be single, over 40 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider foster caring or adoption. We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.

Now in its fifth year, LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK. Tor Docherty, New Family Social’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Record numbers of LGBT people now choose to adopt or foster. But YouGov polling shows many believe they’ll be discriminated against by agencies, with eight in ten lesbian, gay and bisexual people expecting to face barriers if they apply to become foster parents. We’re delighted that Blackpool Council is supporting the week and trying to encourage more LGBT people to explore adoption or foster caring.’

 

The Core - A brand New building for young people and care leavers

A brand new resource for young people who are looked after and care leavers has arrived, and the grand opening was held on Thursday 4 February. Located in the town centre, the building had a refurbishment to suit a more modern taste and aims to provide our young people with a comfortable place to access support, relax and enjoy.

Many of our young people and care leavers enjoy attending sessions held here, with many finding it a social opportunity to interact with others in similar positions. For our care leavers, there are dedicated workers who can help with career advice, job applications and further education. It really is a big step forward in providing services in an accessible location that young people really need. 

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Councillor Cain conducted the official grand opening ceremony, and everyone who attended had a great time. 

Foster carer recruitment week November 2015

November 2 - 6, 11am - 3pm daily | Cedar Square 

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For a whole week the fostering team had a trailer in the town centre and invited those who have considered fostering a child, or may know someone who is to pop a long and meet us. 

An opportunity for those interested to have an informal chat, ask any questions they may have and to learn more about fostering as a whole - we invited attendees to drop in at a time that is convenient, or to take away some information for reference. 

Blackpool Air Show 2015

In August 2015 the fostering team made an appearance at the annual air show which features a whole host of incredible flying machines and attracts thousands of people to the Promenade each year. Taking place at Tower Festival Headland - the team were on hand for those who may be interested in fostering a child - to have an informal chat and to learn more about the fostering process. 

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At any open events we hold - our friendly team will be ready to answer any questions you may have, and are happy to talk you through the fostering assessment process and the overall journey. 

If you think you have what it takes to help a local child - why not take the next step and find out more?

500 years of fostering

To celebrate the hard work and dedication our foster carers provide to local children, we held a special long service awards ceremony to thank those who have contributed over 15 years or more service. The collective total of those invited added up to over an astonishing 500 years - what an achievement! Attendees were awarded with a celebratory golden certificate from the deputy mayor and a reception was held afterwards.

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In the evening, we held a small party on the comedy carpet where foster carers enjoyed ice cream and music from an accordion player. At 8.30pm the tower lit up in celebration and 500 years of fostering was displayed throughout the entire night. A great time was had by all.

Foster Care Fortnight 2015

Each year, The Fostering Network holds a national campaign to help raise awareness of all that is fostering. Here at Blackpool Council we invited those interested in becoming foster carers to join us at one of our tea party events, where our friendly team and current foster carers were on hand to answer any questions.

A special celebration was held to celebrate long service to fostering. A number of foster carers who had contributed over 15 years or more of service were invited to attend a special awards ceremony that marked an astonishing 500 years of service to fostering, collectively undertaken by a number of Blackpool foster families.

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Later that evening, in the most spectacular display of support, Blackpool’s iconic landmark, The Blackpool Tower, lit up and displayed '500 years' in celebration of our foster carers.

As well as honouring existing foster carers, one of the most important parts of the work that took place throughout Foster Care Fortnight is encouraging those interested in fostering to meet current foster carers to discuss their experiences.

It gives a chance to not only to find out not only about the fostering process but also hear first-hand how much our foster carers enjoy the community feel it brings with it. 

Tea party in the park 2015

To celebrate the national Foster Care Fortnight campaign 2015, we held two special tea party events to help those interested in fostering find out more. At these informal events, we encouraged those interested to 'get connected' to fostering by understanding more about the process, the types of fostering available, the ongoing support and training provided to name a few. With the opportunity to speak to foster carers and find out about their experiences first hand, attendees had the chance to ask any questions but also find out how rewarding the role of a foster carer can truly be.

For further information regarding upcoming events, or any other queries, please contact us on 01253 477888 or email fostering.adoption@blackpool.gov.uk

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