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It's a goal! Councils join forces for World Cup fostering campaign

Two North East councils have joined forces with local authorities from across the UK during the World Cup with the aim of achieving just one goal – to recruit more foster carers for children and young people. 
Twenty-six local authorities from across the country have joined Local Councils United – which will share a video for each day of the World Cup and ask people to foster with their local council. 
Football teams, carers, young people and families will feature in the videos during the World Cup campaign with the hashtag #FosterWithYourCouncil2022. 
Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Services, said: “Northumberland County Council is proud to join forces with Gateshead and 24 other local councils across the UK to raise the importance of fostering. 
“This is a great campaign and we’re hoping as many people as possible get behind it.” 
Cllr Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Gateshead Council, said: “Football brings people and communities together for a common purpose. 
“As with football, this project will bring local authorities across the country together as a united fostering community to ask people to join our fostering team and support local children.” 
Northumberland County Council is kicking off the campaign on 21 November heading the ball over to Gateshead Council for 22 November.  
Gateshead will then pass the ball out of the North East and into the Yorkshire region.   
The challenge then continues down the country to 24 more local authority fostering teams, with Medway Council providing the final video on Day 27.  
Both teams will share the campaign videos from the other participating councils via their Facebook pages, so please follow the campaign on https://www.facebook.com/NorthumberlandCC or https://www.facebook.com/fosterwithgateshead 
You can also watch all the videos from the 26 councils by going to Local Councils United – Foster With Your Council 
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