It’s an annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. To launch the start of Fostering Fortnight the Foster Mid and West Wales team were at Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo from 11-3pm on Saturday 11th May. #changeafuture
Remember that you can meet some of our fostering team at the HWB’s in Carmarthenshire during fostering fortnight, between 9am and 1pm. The HWB in Ammanford is at 41 Quay Street, Llanelli HWB is at 36 Stepney Street and Carmarthen HWB is located in the council offices in Spillman Street. Cal the fostering bear has also been putting in an appearance so come down and have an informal chat with our team members, we are looking forward to seeing you
Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service needs to recruit foster carers who can provide a safe and loving home to siblings. The bond between brothers and sisters is so special and that’s why we try our best to make sure that they grow up together.
We rely on our amazing foster carers such as Anita and Phil who have embraced caring for siblings and would like to share their story.
Once again we were invited to be Community Partners at Parc Y Scarlets for their game against Edinburgh on 6th April 2019. This is the 3rd time we have been involved at Parc Y Scarlets and the staff, foster carers and children love the event.
Prior to the match we had a stand in the Barn and children enjoyed decorating wooden door plaques and fridge magnets on our craft stall organised by our wonderful foster carer mentors Debbie and John Sears. Staff also helped children make badges.
Thank you to carers Ed and Clare who loaned us a giant connect four game and jenga which the children loved.
Cochyn paid us a special visit and seemed to get on well with Cal the fostering bear.
Carers and children were provided with tickets to the game which they thoroughly enjoyed, (although not the result!)
Five Hospitality tickets were donated by Thomas Cook, we drew names from a hat and one lucky family were treated to a meal in the Scott Quinnell Lounge.
We all had a great day out and look forward to doing it all again next season. Thank you Scarlets!
Have you ever been under the west stand in Parc Y Scarlets? It’s worth a look. Carmarthenshire Fostering Service have developed a good relationship with the Scarlets as part of their Community initiative Scheme. Children helped to paint the mural under the stand. We hold regular recruitment events at Parc Y Scarlets.
Join us in the barn in the next recruitment event in April 2019 when the mighty Scarlets take on Edinburgh on the weekend of the 5th April. The exact date will be confirmed as soon as the fixture is confirmed.
Everyone in Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service are bursting with pride for Maisie and Ellie Kiff who, last week were two out of six young people in the UK to receive a ‘Fostering Network Excellence Award’ for supporting children as part of their fostering family.
Anne Sturgess, Assistant Team Manager within Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service, nominated Maisie and Ellie as a result of the excellent support they have given many children and young people over the years.
Anne, who works closely with the children of Carmarthenshire’s Foster Carers attended the award ceremony in London last week and said:
“In Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service, we ensure that it’s not only Foster Carers who receive support from the Team. Children and young people who foster are an integral part of the fostering service and the support, stability and friendship that they provide for vulnerable children and young people cannot be underestimated.
Maisie and Ellie, along with all our children who foster are a hugely important part of our service and we could not do it without them. Maisie and Ellie deserve this award for the way that they have helped their Mum and Dad with caring for children over the years, some of whom have had complex physical needs.
Maisie and Ellie are shining examples of young people who foster and Carmarthenshire Fostering Service is very lucky to have them as part of our team’.
The Carmarthenshire Fostering Service is very excited to be launching their new website. The website was officially launched on 10th September in Llanelly House. The website provides a wealth of information and guidance to potential foster carers and explains some of the ways that the Carmarthenshire Fostering Service help and support those interested in becoming foster carers. The website also offers updates and information to existing foster carers within Carmarthenshire. It is fully compatible with mobile and tablet devices and very user friendly.
Take a look at the case studies and video clips on the new website from existing Foster Carers and Foster Mentors giving an insight into fostering. The Fostering website can be viewed here – www.fostering.carmarthenshire.wales
Carmarthenshire Fostering Service held its 4thFamily Fun Day in Pembrey Country Park on Saturday 21st July 2018. Lots of fun activities and games were enjoyed by foster carers, their children and the children they look after.