Community Foster Care has received a grant to fund two workshops for children about what it’s like to be part of a family that fosters.
The animation workshops will take place in Cumbria with two groups of fostered children and carers’ children. Sessions will explore issues such as how carers welcome a foster child into their home and how that affects both groups of children.
By the end of the sessions, facilitated by therapist and animator Ginny Koppenhol, the children will have produced a short animated film which Community Foster Care will then be able to use as a training aid with prospective carers.
The £460 donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
Community Foster Care, based in Peart Road, Workington, is an independent agency and registered charity which provides foster carers for children all over Cumbria and Lancashire.
Registered Manager at Community Foster Care, Emma Weaver, said: “We’re delighted to receive this grant from the Santander Foundation. As the number of children in care continues to rise, there is no let-up in the need to find new foster carers and to make sure they have all the help and support they need.
“This grant will help us to provide even more support to children who find themselves in care through no fault of their own, and to those who open their homes and hearts to help them.”
Amy Slack, Manager at the Santander Foundation, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Community Foster Care and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”
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