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LGBTQ+ fostering week

Did you know this week is LGBTQ+ fostering week? We continue to actively recruit foster carers through our team at the council, with applications open to people from all backgrounds.

Regardless of age, culture, background or sexual orientation, if you are at least 21 with some life experience, have a spare room, live within twenty miles of the borough and have the time and energy to look after a child, you could foster with us.

Foster carers are as diverse as the children they look after. What matters most is that you’re the right family or person for our children.

Our next on-line information event is Tuesday, 23 March, from 6pm to 7.30pm. You can register to attend the event on our fostering website. 


Even in lock down, our foster carers still keep going

Foster carers, Jo and Colin Haines said: “Life goes on and we still enjoy caring for our foster children, making the most of spending time together and going out for family walks.”

Why not find out how you could join our fostering family - come along to our on-line information event, Tues 26 January 6-7.30pm . 


Thank you to all our foster carers for being amazing in 2020 

Thank you to all our foster carers like Charlotte and Dean Penn for everything they do and being amazing in 2020. 

 Why not find out how you could join our fostering family in 2021?        

Come along to our on-line information event, Tuesday 5 January 6-7.30pm.        


Our foster family's festive photo says it all   

Our foster family’s festive photo says it all about this time of year.

Could you see yourself fostering with us next Christmas?  We love this photo sent in by our foster carers Theresa and Simon Hall.

 “It was one of the best decisions we have ever made - yes, it is hard work, it definitely has its ups and downs but we absolutely love the opportunity of journeying with children and hopefully making a lasting impact on their precious lives.”

Why not find out how you could join our fostering family in 2021 - come along to our online information event, Tues 5 January 6-7.30pm. 


Strictly star Ian Waite helps us to find 'fab-u-lous' foster carers

Local Strictly Come Dancing star Ian Waite, took time to meet foster carer Sue Rayment, one of over 50 ‘fab-you-lous’ foster carers at Wokingham Borough Council, to help raise awareness of the need to find a ‘Perfect 10’ more local fostering homes.

 Ian, presenter, dancer, business owner and local resident, who returns to BBC2 for Strictly, It Takes Two in October, said: “I am delighted to do my bit to help raise awareness of the need for more local foster carers for local children and would encourage people to talk to the team about fostering in the Wokingham borough.”

You could waltz into one of our monthly on-line information events and find out how you could quickstep through our friendly and supportive application process.

For more information and to book your place on our next event on 18 November  6pm-7.30pm, email us on fostering@wokingham.gov.uk. Can't make that date? Check our Events page for more dates.


Empty Nest

Many young people will be heading to university or leaving the nest this month. If you have a spare room available all year round you could become a foster carer.


Speak to the team about your fostering journey

We are still actively recruiting and continuing with new fostering enquiries and applications. Interested? We'd love to hear from you!           

Spring 2020

Thanks to our foster carers, staff and friends for going the distance for fostering at the Wokingham Half Marathon.

Come and meet the team for a chat about fostering

If you've ever thought about fostering and would like to know more, why not have a chat with one of the team. Either phone us on 0118 974 6204, email fostering@wokingham.gov.uk, come and meet us when we're out and about or come along to one of our drop-in information events - we'd love to hear from you.

Abracadabra, our magical trip to Aladdin panto 

Our foster families enjoyed our recent panto trip to see Aladdin at South Hill Park and have photos taken with the cast after the show. Be amazing in 2020, be a foster carer with us and help a local child or young person to enjoy next Christmas with you.

We're out and about in the community in January. Why not come along for a chat? Call us on 0118 974 6204 or come along to one of our drop-in information events.    

21st September 2020

Thank you to our amazing children who foster

We think our foster families are amazing and October is Sons and Daughters month when we recognise and thank the children who foster for the important role they play in supporting their parents with fostering. 


Why not find out how you could join our fostering family and come along to one of our drop-in information events:


Reaching new heights at our fostering Oakwood Youth Challenge event

Fostering families, support workers and the young people they look after all enjoyed a day together at the Oakwood Youth Challenge Centre. We’d love even more people to step forward to become foster carers with us and spur on our young people to have confidence, a sense of success and accomplishment.

Jumping in at our fostering BBQ in Henley 

Our foster carers, children, young people and staff all enjoyed a lovely day together at the EYOT Centre on the banks of the River Thames. With sunshine and a BBQ, we all made the most of the water and the boating activities. We urgently need more foster carers so why not find out how you could join our fostering family and come along next year.

Foster Care Fortnight - 19 May

Wokingham Borough Council wants 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. The Council always looks for homes for the 100 plus children and young people currently in care with its own council carers first. Additional financial assistance in the form of Council Tax exemption is offered as part of a wide range of benefits and incentives.

Executive member for children services, Cllr Pauline Helliar-Symons said:

'We’d like to find local homes for all our children and encourage more local residents to come and talk to us about how fostering can change lives.'

She added:

'Our foster carers find fostering enormously rewarding. Children go into foster care for all sorts of reasons, usually not their own fault, but the work our foster carers do gives youngsters a happier and more supported life. We are really grateful to them and value them enormously.  Please give some thought as to whether you could be one of these special people.'

Foster carers, Steve and Monika Allum, are proud to foster. Steve said:

'Since joining Wokingham Borough Council as a foster carer, 3 years ago, we feel part of a big family. We used to foster for an agency and nearly gave up because of the lack of support. Looking after young people in care is challenging but we can't see us doing anything else after seeing what a positive impact we have on their lives.'

Regardless of culture, background, sexual orientation and whether you are a homeowner or tenant, if you have a spare room, are aged 21 and over with life experience, live within 20 miles of the borough and have time for a child, you could foster. What matters most, is that you are the right family or person for our children.

Benefits include Council Tax exemption

As a foster carer, the Council offers attractive remuneration packages, Council Tax exemption, 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 two children all year, could earn more than £25,000 per annum, excluding allowances for the child.

Apply now

The application process is also probably much quicker than you think. To find out more, call Jackie Ross, Recruitment and Marketing Officer on 0118 974 6204 for an informal chat.

Council Tax exemption for our Foster Carers

Wokingham Borough Council 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.

Finding local children local homes 

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.'

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 barbecue in Wellington Country Park in July.  With beautiful weather and the barbecue 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  fostering@wokingham.gov.uk 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  fostering@wokingham.gov.uk.

For more information on all our events email us on fostering@wokingham.gov.uk, call 0118 974 6204 or visit our website fostering.wokingham.gov.uk

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