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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Cumbria Law Centre signs up to fostering-friendly campaign

Cumbria Law Centre has become the latest business to sign up for the News & Star’s fostering-friendly employer campaign.

Pete Moran photo
Pete Moran

The Carlisle-based business joins Cumbria Constabulary and Allerdale Council in having pledged its commitment to make it easier for their employees to become foster parents.

This newspaper and Cumbria County Council have teamed up to spread the word and urge companies and businesses to get involved.

It won’t cost the earth or involve lots of red tape, but it will help make the county a better place.

Pete Moran, head of the Spencer Street-based law centre, said that signing up to the campaign fits in with its policy of supporting social welfare.

Mr Moran said: “People come to work with organisations like us because they really care about the life choices people have. Signing up is socially responsible, it’s good for morale, and it’s good for people to know that this is a supported life choice to make. It has the potential to be very rewarding for anyone in the organisation.

“We make that understood and make employees aware that they will be supported.”

As part of their pledge, the law centre will allow employees up to five days off for fostering training, more flexibility on working hours, as well as emergency and short notice leave.

The News & Star’s parent company, CN Group, became the first Cumbrian fostering-friendly employer earlier this year and we want as many businesses as possible to sign up. Fostering families and couples have told us of their experiences, and why it is so important to society.

Carlisle residents Alan and Cathy Egglestone have urged parents to get involved, while Sue and Barry Shearman of Maryport revealed how they have taken care of more than 170 children over more than three decades.

Supporting people like them is a motivating factor behind the law centre signing up for the campaign.

Mr Moran said: “Cumbria Law Centre exists to make sure that low-income members of our community receive fair treatment from landlords, lenders, employers and public bodies. We are reminded every day that the start children get in life can have a huge impact on the quality of their futures.

“Times are getting harder, support services are being reduced and the role of foster carers has probably never been more important. It seems entirely obvious that as an employer we should support any member of staff who wishes to give his or her time, love and support to a child in need.”

The News & Star and Cumbria County Council urge prospective carers to call the county council on 0303 333 1216 or visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/fostering. Any businesses interested in signing up for the campaign can go to the same web address or call the council on 01228 226329.

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