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Take Part in the Great South Run and Support Fostering

Published: 5th October 2017 19:28

Portsmouth City Council is offering one lucky person a free place in this month's Great South Run to help raise awareness of the need to recruit more foster carers in the city.

Between them foster carers, young people in foster care and others supporting fostering will be running hundreds of miles to help raise awareness of support needed by some of Portsmouth's most vulnerable children and young people.

And a place in the team of runners is up for grabs, for the person with the most inspiring reason for wanting to support Foster Portsmouth.

Cllr Ryan Brent, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Social Care, said: "We have a spare place in our team and we want it to go to someone who really cares about and wants to support fostering. I'm really pleased to be taking part myself and supporting our wonderful foster carers who do such an amazing job in changing the lives of our looked after children and vulnerable young people. 

"Training has been hard, but very much worth it to raise the profile of fostering, and helping the council recruit more foster carers for the children and young people who need a range of periods of care from short to longer term placements, and an environment where they can grow, develop and achieve their goals. I would urge anyone to consider fostering, where you can be a role model and help a young person to change their life."

For a chance to win a place in Foster Portsmouth's Great South Run team simply email phil.rennie@portsmouthcc.gov.uk with your name, phone number and reason why you want to support fostering by Thursday 12 October. Cllr Brent will choose the most inspiring reason as the winner.

The council is looking for foster carers for children of all ages, and especially teenagers. Foster carers can come from all walks of life, regardless of age, ethnicity, sexuality, whether you are single, part of a couple or married, and whether you own or rent your own home. A spare room, and experience or working with or caring for children or young people, whether personal, professional or voluntary, is required.

For more information on fostering in general, please visit www.foster.portsmouth.gov.uk or call 023 9283 4071.

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