Time to chat – hairdressers help foster care drive

By on 29/03/2012 in News

Talkative hairdressers across Birmingham are being encouraged to chat to their customers about fostering as part of a major recruitment drive.

The city council wants to recruit an extra 300 foster carers and has organised a 'Time to Chat, Time to Care' day on Saturday 31 March. It is one of a number of events taking place across the city leading up to Fostering Fortnight in May.

Participating salons will be given leaflets with information about fostering to share with their clients.

Karylle Phillips grew up in care in Birmingham and, after a number of placements, was given a long-term placement in her teens.  

“Growing up in care is not the easiest thing. If it wasn't for my foster carers I wouldn't be where I am today – an independent young woman currently studying for a social work degree and working as a regional advocate for local children and young people in care,” she said.

“I think foster carers do the best job ever. They're able to see young people come through so much and turn their lives around. Most of us young people who have been in care never get the opportunity to hear our parents say 'I'm proud of you'; it's great to have foster carers who are there and can say that. 

“My foster carers supported me through whatever I did - they knew what I needed and never gave up on me, they just stuck by me through whatever happened. I suppose that's what made them the most special people ever. I take my hat off to anyone who does this amazing job.”

The recruitment team is also holding a Fostering Fiesta at Cannon Hill park and the mac on 12 May, to mark the start of Fostering Fortnight on 14 May.

For more information on fostering, contact the recruitment team on 0121 303 7575 or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/fostering

Note to editors: Foster carers and previously fostered people are available to speak to.

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