Fun and pampering for local foster carers

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The Southern Trust recently hosted a Wellbeing Day to celebrate and thank foster, kinship and adoptive carers across the area ahead of the festive period.

The event was aimed at recognising the central role foster carers play in providing stable, caring homes for vulnerable children and young people whilst also raising awareness of the need for more foster carers.

Carers from across the Trust were given the opportunity to enjoy dance and yoga classes, relaxation sessions and receive advice on dealing with stress at the Christmas themed event.

Colm McCafferty, who is the Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting for the Southern Trust, said: “Foster carers provide stable nurturing homes for children and young people who cannot remain with their own families.

“This event gave our carers a very much deserved chance to relax and be pampered whilst gaining information and gathering tips on dealing with stress.

“It also gave them the chance to spend time with other carers and learn from each other’s experiences.

“There is always a need for more foster carers and the Trust is currently looking to recruit people who can provide short term and long term placements as well as respite care for children and young people under 18 years of age.”

If you have time and space in your life for fostering and are interested in finding out more contact the SOuthern Trust Fostering and Adoiption Team on 028 3833 7181 or Email: fostering&adoption@southerntrust.hscni.net.