Foster Care Fortnight 2016 in the heart of Wembley
18 May 2016
A giant, 50 metre blue heart placed near the iconic Wembley Stadium marks the start of Foster Care Fortnight 2016 in Brent (16 - 29 May).
The fostering 'heart', carried by a team of volunteers from Brent Council, highlights the need for more foster carers for Brent's 300 children and young people in care.
Watch Brent's Foster Care Fortnight 2016 promotional video, 'Time to care, time to foster for Brent' here:
During the fortnight, the fostering team will be out visiting supermarkets, libraries and sports centres, reminding local residents that now is the time to foster. There will be two free events at the Brent Civic Centre to encourage more people to find out how they can foster a child or young person in the borough.
- Coffee and Cake morning on Wednesday 18 May, 11am - 1pm
- Pamper Evening on Wednesday 25 May, 6pm - 8pm
Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:
"Every 20 minutes across the UK, a child comes into care in need of a foster family. In Brent, there are over 300 children and young people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to live with their own family. We urgently need more foster carers to offer young people the stability and support of a family home and to help them reach their full potential.
We believe that there are many people in our community who have the right skills and qualities to foster. We need you to come forward and help us change a child's life for good. We particularly need more foster families for teenagers and sibling groups."