The West Berkshire Foster Carers Association - Helping us Helping You Help Young People
Our existing foster carers have the kind of knowledge and experience that anyone considering fostering would want to access ... and that is exactly what the West Berkshire Foster Carers Association provide.
Since its formation in early 2005 the West Berkshire Foster Carers Association (affiliated to The Fostering Network) has assisted the Family Placement Team in its recruitment activities, including participating in our popular information evenings and events for people enquiring about becoming carers.
By talking to the carers direct you have the opportunity to really understand how it works in real life with all its ups and downs. Straight talking and with a wealth of experience our carers provide an ongoing support network between themselves that both adds to and directs our efforts.
By taking new carers under their wing, to ensure you always have the ability to speak to someone who's "been there and done that", they build your confidence in the role and help you develop your abilities further and faster.
With automatic membership of the Association assured upon approval as a carer, you can also look forward to joining in a number of get togethers and social occasions during the year if you wish to.
The West Berkshire Foster Carers Association and West Berkshire Council's Children's Services held a formal signing of the West Berkshire Foster Carers Charter at the Spotted Dog, Cold Ash on Friday 20th April 2012 at 7.00pm. The charter represents a formal statement of commitment, purpose and expectation between the WBFCA, Foster Carers and West Berkshire Council's Children Services. The Charter was signed by Mark Evans, Head of West Berkshire Children's Services, Irene Neil, Executive Lead Children & Young People and Council Member for Aldermaston Ward, Patsy Stone, Foster Carer and Wyndy Burton, then Chair of West Berkshire Foster Carers Association and was witnessed by 30 foster carers and guests.Held on the seventh anniversary of the formation of the association the event was a double celebration of the formation of the association and the signing of the charter. A scanned copy of the charter is available to view as a pdf on the right hand side of this page.
Following the election of officers at the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the West Berkshire Foster Carers Association Ian Benger has taken on the role of Chair for the forthcoming year.
To assist in their work the WBFCA's charity Children 1st West Berkshire engages in various fund raising activities as well as providing additional resources for the wellbeing of care leavers.You can find out further details on their website at: http://www.children1stwestberkshire.co.uk/
The WBFCA's Charity arm Children 1st West Berkshire will be at various community events during 2013 - full details will be posted when available or contact the Family Placement Team Duty Worker on 01635 503155 to find out what's on. Please drop by at the Association's events and they will be delighted to answer your questions about fostering and their work with West Berkshire Council's Family Placement Team.