Sports centre is the place to talk fostering

19 February 2018

Queen's Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield will be the venue next week for people to find out how they can help transform a child's life by becoming a foster carer.

We're holding a Talk Fostering event at the sports centre on Tuesday 27 February 2018 between 5pm and 7pm.

Anyone who believes they could offer a child a loving home is urged to go along to find out more.

No appointment is needed and expert advice will be available from current carers, as well as from our fostering team.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

"We urgently need to find homes and foster families for children in our care.

"Foster carers can be from all walks of life and backgrounds. We need long-term and short-term foster homes, ranging from single-night emergency stays to placements which can last for several years."

Foster carers need to be over 21 and can be single, married, straight, gay or transgender, from any ethnic origin, working or not, renting or homeowners.

Our carers receive weekly fostering payments with additional allowances and get full training and support. Among the benefits foster carers receive are free leisure passes for the whole family.

Councillor Dale added:

"If you are interested to find out more about what fostering involves, the children who need foster homes and the on-going support we offer to carers then our Talk Fostering event at Queen's Park Sports Centre is a great place to start.

"You'll be able to talk to our specialist staff as well as meet some of our current foster carers to find out why they foster and what it means to take on this hugely important role in a child's life."

Queen's Park Sports Centre is located at Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield, S40 2ND

Visitors can bring their family and free parking and refreshments are available.

There are other upcoming opportunities to Talk Fostering in Chesterfield at the former Yeomans store at the Pavements Shopping Centre between 1pm and 4pm on Thursday 1 March 2018 and at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 15 March 2018.

Anyone interested in attending the events or making a general enquiry about becoming a foster carer can email:

Find out more about fostering or call us on tel: 0800 083 77 44.