You too can make a difference as a foster carer
Friday 23rd March 2018 16:22 Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside Posted by Nigel Skinner

After spending her entire career working with children, retired headteacher Deb Hill (pictured) wants to continue making a difference to young people’s lives.

She is now a respite foster carer for Tameside Council and together with her husband Tony who is also a former headteacher – she looks after a 10-year-old boy at weekends.

The couple are supporting a new phase of the council’s ‘Best Job in the World’ fostering campaign to encourage people who have experience of working with children to consider becoming foster carers to help meet the increasing demand for support for local vulnerable children and families in crisis.

A fostering drop-in will be held at the Denton Centre, Acre Street, Denton, from 5-7pm on Monday, March 26, for anyone who would like to have an informal chat to find out more.

Or you can call 0161 368 8865 or see www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering

The council offers lots of flexible opportunities, including respite and emergency care, which can fit around people’s lives and existing work and commitments.

Local authority foster carers receive an allowance, training and support.

Deb and Tony, who have an adult son who has left home, first became respite foster carers two years ago.

They provided extra support to the then eight-year-old boy who was struggling to settle in his main foster placement and their fostering journey blossomed from there.

Deb said: “What’s rewarding about fostering is that you see the huge impact your input is having on a child – you see them flourish before your very eyes.

“We love spending time each weekend with a child who benefits from additional support and attention.

“We enjoy answering all his many questions, planning days out and helping him to develop his own ideas and understanding.

“We have taken him to the
seaside, the zoo, museums and even on his first trip to London – it feels such a privilege to share such experiences with him and it’s important people know that you receive allowances to make these trips possible.”

The fostering team want to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds who may be able to provide a stable and caring home.