The day was organised by Northumberland County Council, Max Card and the National Trust Cragside to get families together. It included a Max Card back pack explorer activities, trail activities, a special Cragside treasure hunt, historical objects and arts and crafts.
All Northumberland foster families receive a Max Card, which gives children discounted access to culture and family attractions across the region. The aim is to support children and young people in having fun and educational family days out.
Foster Care Fortnight is a UK wide campaign (14 – 27 May) run by the UK charity, Fostering Network, to raise the profile of fostering and attract new foster carers. The 2012 theme of ’22 Minutes’ emphasises the fact that a child comes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes across the UK. As a result, at least 8,750 more foster families are needed in 2012 alone.
Alister Brown, fostering service manager for Northumberland, said: “This Foster Care Fortnight we continue to celebrate our foster families and carers. We pride ourselves on the wider supports that the families receive, in terms of education, health and keeping our children safe. Everyday family fun is also a core part of achieving positive outcomes for our children and young people.”
Val Rowe, Northumberland foster carer said: “Our families have really enjoyed the day, the activities have been a good combination of learning and fun for all of us, and helped to make the most out of our day at Cragside. Everyone on the Blyth bus on the way back said they really enjoyed it.”
Ann Fuller, Northumberland foster carer said: “It was great to get together with the other families. The kids didn’t know each other, but they really connected during the day and had a good family experience.”
Cllr Lesley Rickerby, Northumberland County Council’s executive member for Children and Young people said: “It’s wonderful to see our children, young people and their families enjoying one of our local attractions. It is fantastic for both the carers and the children to get together socially to support each other and enjoy themselves. We are looking for more foster carers to join our corporate parenting family, so please visit our website to find out how you can help local children and young people.”
Phone the foster care team on 01670 534 450 to ask about how you can help children and young people in your community. Or visit http://family.northumberland.gov.uk to find out more.