Do you live in the Harborough area and would like to become a specialist foster carer?
Leicestershire County Council is inviting anyone with specific experience - and a professional background working with young people aged 10 and over - to an information event about specialist foster care on Wednesday February 12.
You will get the chance to find out about the roles available and speak to current carers and the fostering team about the hugely rewarding nature of specialist foster care.
Nicola O’Neill was the first specialist One2One foster carer for the county.
She has previously worked as a youth worker for young people and their families, giving her a host of professional experience to draw on while fostering.
Nicola said: “For me it’s the best of both worlds.
“Being able to use the skills and qualities I’ve spent a career developing.
“And also being based at home and having the time to take things slowly and help young people make necessary changes at their own pace.”
Cllr Ivan Ould, the county council’s cabinet member for children and families, said: “This event has a focus on the very important work of specialist carers, who work with young people with complex needs.
“If you have experience of working or caring for young people at a critical time in their lives, then specialist foster caring may be perfect for you and we would love you to come along to the event.”
Specialist carers receive generous financial allowances based on their skills, bespoke training and 24-hour support.
The get-together will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday February 12 at County Hall in Glenfield.
To find out more about the event or the roles please call the fostering team on 0116 305 0505.