Fostering Fire Engine Route
Foster carers and social workers from the Trust will take to the roads in a novelty fire engine this Foster Care Fortnight (14-27 May 2012) to emphasise how a regional shortage of foster carers is reaching emergency levels.
The fire engine will make stops along the way for approximately 30 minutes (see stops highlighted in routes below). Anyone interested in fostering will have the opportunity to hop on board and find out more about fostering from our staff and foster carers.
Help us spread the word – we urgently need more foster families right across Northern Ireland to provide safe, stable and nurturing homes to vulnerable children and young people. We particularly need foster carers who could offer a children / young people long term homes.
Dympna Brogan, Fostering Recruitment Team Manager said: "There are currently 1,916 children and young people living with foster carers in Health and Social Care made up of emergency, respite, short-term, long-term, kinship and specialist placements, of which 315 are living in the Western Trust area. Providing a foster care placement in your home, whether it is respite, short-term, long-term kinship etc, allows a child or young person the chance to thrive in a safe, secure and caring home environment. Fostering is challenging but also rewarding at the same time. It take time, patience and commitment to foster."
Come and see us to find out more about foster care during our tour of the West:
|Wednesday 23 May 2012 (times may vary)|
|10.00-10.30||Omagh – Showgrounds car park|
|11.10||Ballinamallard (alonmg Enniskillen Road)|
|11.45||Brookeborough (via Belfast Road)|
|12.15||Ennsikillen via main road|
|12.20 - 13.10||Enniskillen - ASda car park|
|13.10 - 14.10||Enniskillen - the Diamond|
|14.40||Kesh (via Killadeas Road)|
|15.45 - 16.15||Omagh - town centre|
|Thursday 24 May 2012 (times may vary)|
|10.00 - 10.30||Strabane - Asda car park|
|10.50 - 11.50||Londonderry - Ebrington Square|
|12.25 - 12.55||Limavady - Tesco car park|