Wokingham Borough Council has implemented a new scheme in 2018, meaning our foster carers no longer have to pay Council Tax as part of a range of benefits and incentives.
With our carers nearly full to capacity, the search is on to find 10 more local family homes for the growing number of our children in care who want to be fostered close to their families and friends.
Finding local children local homes
Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor, Leader of the Council, said: 'As a foster carer, you would be working in a small, friendly and supportive fostering team. We seek to ensure that our children are always found homes with our own foster carers first. You could join the team if you have a spare room and could provide a secure, happy family environment. We want to avoid having to find homes for our children far from our borough.'
We want to reach out to would-be foster carers for teenagers, siblings, and asylum seeking and disabled children who desperately need foster carers in the borough.
Foster carer, Emma Taylor, is proud to foster. She said: 'Becoming a foster carer has been so rewarding - it can be hard but just knowing that you've made a difference makes it worthwhile and there's plenty of support available.'
Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor added: 'We’re delighted and proud to be thanking our foster carers by giving them Council Tax exemption. With this new additional financial assistance, we would like to encourage more local residents to come forward and find out about fostering with us at the council.'
Regardless of age, culture, background, sexual orientation and whether you are a home-owner or tenant, if you have a spare room, live within 20 miles of the borough and have time for a child, you could foster. What matters most, is that you’re the right family or person for our children.
As a foster carer, the council offers attractive remuneration packages, excellent training including a specialist therapeutic programme, as well as one-to-one and out-of-hours support. Fees increase with experience often resulting in the equivalent of a reasonable salary, which could provide a complete change of career. For example, an experienced foster carer at Level 2, who cares for 2 children all year, could earn more than £25,000 per annum excluding allowances for the child.
Interested? We'd love to hear from you! Call us today on 0118 974 6204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun in the sun at the fostering BBQ at Wellington Country Park
Our foster carers, children and staff all enjoyed a lovely day out at our BBQ in Wellington Country Park in July. With beautiful weather and the BBQ area all to ourselves, we made the most of the time together and the fun filled activities round the park.
We urgently need more foster carers so why not find out how you could join our fostering family and come along with us next year! Interested? We’d love to hear from you so why not call us on 0118 974 6204 or email email@example.com or come along to a drop-in information event.
Foster Care Transforms Lives
Foster carers are as different as the children they look after. They come from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, marital status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or culture.
What matters most is that you are the right family for the child. As long as you have a spare bedroom and are over 21 with some life experience, you can apply to be a foster carer.
Although most people know fostering transforms the lives of children in care, many don’t realise just how much joy it brings to the lives of foster carers as well.
Foster carer, Evelyn, says fostering has transformed her life: 'Fostering children and young people has given me greater understanding and insight into the plight of children in care and has made me a more empathic and compassionate person.'
'I get enormous satisfaction from seeing the children I look after succeed, knowing I’ve played a considerable part in their lives.'
Fellow foster carer, Sean, agrees: 'I enjoy being part of a team of people providing care to children and young people knowing I can get support both from my colleagues as well as others in similar circumstances, ensuring the children we all look after are kept safe and secure.'
The process to join us can be a lot quicker than you might think, and you could be helping to create a positive future for a child or young person.
If you could make a difference to a local child or young person, please call Jackie or Alison on 0118 974 6204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, read our fostering page or see our Facebook page.