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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce joins fostering campaign

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has joined a steady stream of employers signing up to the News & Star’s fostering-friendly campaign.

The scheme, run in conjunction with Cumbria County Council, is working to increase the number of staff who are able to take a vulnerable child into their home.

The aim of the campaign is to allow employees to successfully balance their worklife with becoming a foster carer. The chamber of commerce will work closely with the council to promote the scheme to businesses in the county.

Suzanne Caldwell, director of communications and businesses services at the chamber of commerce, said: “As a chamber we’re delighted to be able to support the fostering-friendly employer scheme, not only by signing up but also encouraging other businesses to take a hard look and get involved.

“Being a foster carer is extremely rewarding and worthwhile but also hard work at times, so it’s important as employers, and more widely the local business community, to support the vital work they do to offer young people in Cumbria a better, more secure life.”

The chamber of commerce looks for new and innovative ways to support businesses in the area and is currently involved in projects with other organisations.

It offers assistance to those starting their own businesses and hosts networking meetings.

The scheme asks for companies to recognise the needs of foster carers in employment policies, and celebrate fostering and foster carers.

There are more than 600 children in care and of these, about 40 are aged under one.

A further 140 are aged between one and four.

On the other side of the coin the average age of carers is 52, and many are nearing retirement age.

With the number of foster families in Cumbria dwindling, the likelihood increases that children needing care will have to be moved out of the county, leaving their friends and school behind, damaging their lives even further.

THE News & Star and Cumbria County Council urge prospective carers to call the county council on 0303 333 1216 or visit And any businesses interested in signing up for the campaign can go to the same web address or call the council on 01228 226329.

For more information on the campaign visit our foster friendly page


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