Thurrock Council's Fostering Service has joined forces with colleagues from across the country to create a new film 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.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet member for children's services, said: "While we already have many brilliant foster carers in Thurrock, the reality is we urgently need more people to open their homes and their hearts to fostering.
"Children of all ages need your support, this can be for short periods, longer term or by providing short breaks for children with disabilities.
"Out There is an emotional and poignant depiction of how important and rewarding becoming a foster carer can be. It has been produced as part of a national project to encourage more people to become foster carers.”
The film will be available to watch and share from midday on Tuesday 12 October on the Thurrock Fostering Facebook page and at thurrock.gov.uk/fostering
Residents can find out more about Fostering at one of the council's online information events which are being held on the following dates:
- Wednesday 20 October, 6pm to 8pm
- Saturday 13 November, 10am to 11:30am
- Thursday 25 November, 6pm to 8pm
- Friday 10 December, 10am to midday
- Monday 20 December, 6pm to 8pm
- Tuesday 4 January, 10am to midday
To get a link to join a session, or to find out more about fostering contact the team on 0800 652 1256, email firstname.lastname@example.org ;or complete the online registration form at thurrock.gov.uk/forms/fostering-interest