Christmas sing-along in search for more foster carers

The festive classic, 12 days of Christmas has a new spin on it as Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Fostering sings to highlight the need for at least 30 more foster carers in 2018.

Trust Fostering and adoption teams and Mockingbird hub carer, have stepped out of their comfort zones to spread the word about the Trust Fostering services’ need for at least 30 new foster carers in 2018.

Singing a personalised version of the 12 Days of Christmas carol in a film which has been shared by Trust Fostering on Facebook, the teams hope to raise awareness of the joys fostering can bring and encourage members of the public to sign up to become foster parents following the festive period.

Janice Jinks, one of Trust Fostering’s Mockingbird hub foster carers, who features in the film said: “Becoming a foster carer is a serious decision; it takes dedication, enthusiasm and has its challenges. You also need a very good sense of humour so we wanted to raise awareness of the need for new foster carers in a light-hearted, funny and festive way.”

The 12 Days of Trust Fostering Christmas carol, which has today been published on the Trust Fostering Facebook page, features lines highlighting the Trust’s experienced social workers, the innovative Mockingbird programme and the big fostering family at the heart of Trust Fostering.

Sue May, Head of Service for Looked After Children at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust said: “We need around 30 new foster carers to look after children and young people who cannot live with their birth families. We know the festive season is hectic so we hope our video will stick in people’s minds and prompt those out there who have been thinking about fostering to get in touch with us in the New Year.”

Carers with Trust Fostering benefit from membership to the Doncaster Foster Carers Association (DFCA), the local charity which supports carers, competitive rates of pay and by being part of ‘Mockingbird’ which creates an extended family / network for foster families and is unique to the Trust.

Sue added: “We need foster carers from all walks of life. If you’re is passionate about improving the lives of children and young people, have an understanding and listening nature and a good sense of humour then you could foster with us.”

Speaking about the Christmas film, Janice added: “The video is very homemade – we practiced the song twice before filming and it was taken in one shot – we’re not going to be getting Christmas number one that’s for sure.”

“The message and sentiment is certainly where our efforts lie. As a carer with Trust Fostering I can honestly say we do help change children and young people’s lives and we’re never fostering alone, the family feel at the Trust is amazing and support is second to none.”

Finally, Sue added: “I’d like to encourage anyone who has been thinking about fostering to get in touch; you could join our fostering family – and be singing with us next year!”

If this sounds like you, contact our friendly fostering team to take the first steps to changing yours, and someone else’s, life. Call us on 0808 129 2600 or visit our website www.trustfostering.co.uk.

You can also pop in to the Blue Building, High Street, Doncaster, DN1 1DE between 8:30am – 5:00pm on weekdays to speak to a member of our Trust fostering team.

To view the full 12 Days of Trust Fostering Christmas film visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TrustFostering 

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