Find out about a career as a foster carer
Published: Thursday 4th May 17
Foster Care Fortnight starts May 8, and the council’s fostering team is out and about in the borough to chat to potential new carers.
Last month Wandsworth Council brought in higher rates of allowances and fees for its foster carers. People looking after a child aged up to ten will get a total of £366 a week, and those caring for an 11-18 year old £455 a week.
People interested in finding out if fostering is for them can meet the fostering team at Southside from May 8-14, Sainsburys in Wandsworth from May 15-21, or at a town hall open day on May 26. No appointment is necessary – just turn up.
Foster carers get intensive, ongoing support and advice. Current foster carer Gary Cook said: We have our own social worker that we meet with regularly and there’s ongoing training - you’re not on your own.. The fostering team will look at your needs and help you make it work and you’re free to say no if a placement doesn’t feel right for you. There just aren’t words to explain how important this job is.”
Carers can be married or single, gay or straight, a homeowner or renting, and from any cultural background. All they need is a spare bedroom and a willingness to provide a home for a child in need.
Meet the team at the following locations:
- May 8-14, Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth between 9am and 5 pm
- May 15-21, Sainsbury’s, Garratt Lane, Wandsworth between 9am and 5 pm
- May 26, Room 145, Wandsworth Town Hall from 9.30am to 7pm.
If you can’t make it, you can chat to the team on (020) 8871 6666 or fill in the form at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/fostering to request a one-to-one meeting.