National fostering film project launches in Oldham
Date published: 12 October 2021
The film is aimed at helping to find more foster carers who can provide homes for the children and young people who need them
Fostering services across the country are joining together for the national release of a new short film commissioned by the largest collaboration of local councils and children’s trusts from all over England.
Oldham Fostering Service is part of this unique film project, so they are working with councils around the country who have jointly funded the creation of a new film.
This film is aimed at helping to find more foster carers who can provide homes for the children and young people who need them.
The short film, called ‘Out There’, highlights the ways fostering can make a difference to the lives of everyone involved, from the children and young people who live with foster carers to those who come forward to care for them.
Councillor Eddie Moores, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “While we already have many brilliant foster carers in Oldham the reality is we always need more people to open their homes and their hearts to fostering.
“This project has been a brilliant way of working together to make the production of a high-quality film that will be a real asset to our recruitment of new foster carers in Oldham.
“The aim is that this film will be shared on social media in Oldham, along with cities, towns and villages right across the UK, reaching countless people and showing them the many benefits fostering brings and helping children and young people into safe, nurturing homes and we are very proud to have played a part in making it happen.”
A total of 34 local authorities have been involved in the project, and the film will have a virtual premiere at midday today (Tuesday), which will include an introduction from Kevin Williams, the Chief Executive of The Fostering Network.
Everyone attending from the participating councils and children’s trusts will then be asked to share the film via all social media platforms and help the message spread across the UK using the hashtags #FosterForYourCouncil and #FindTheBestOfYou
Elaine Devaney, Director of Children’s Social Care, said: “By being a part of this exciting project we can see that we get the best benefits from pooling resources.
"The time, knowledge and expertise that working as partners has brought to this project can now help our children and young people in Oldham.
“Out There is a beautifully poignant film which really captures many of the thoughts and emotions being felt today, particularly as many people have reflected during the pandemic about their life choices and the importance of community support.
"I think the film itself and the collaborative approach really demonstrates the benefit of collaborative working.”
The film is now available to watch online - just click here
Anyone can apply to foster regardless of marital status, sexuality, race or religion, or whether you are in work or have a disability.
All the fostering service ask is that you are over 21, enjoy working with children and have room in your home.
All carers receive a tailored support package, first class training and generous payments and allowances.
For more information, call 0161 770 6600 or visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/fostering
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