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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Two more Cumbrian employers join campaign to help foster carers

Flexible hours, emergency leave and training time will be offered by two more employers thanks to the News & Star’s Fostering Friendly Employer campaign.

Gillian Troughton photo
Gillian Troughton

Go Ape’s Grizedale centre and Copeland council are the latest two businesses to sign up to our campaign, run in conjunction with Cumbria County Council.

We want employers across the county to join us and make Cumbria a better place to live for foster children and the parents who bring them into their homes.

It isn’t expensive and doesn’t involve a huge amount of work.

Sam Mason, site manager at Go Ape Grizedale, said: “Our team is delighted to support Cumbria’s biggest family by joining the fostering-friendly employer scheme.

“We understand the important contribution foster carers make and we want to enable those who work with us to be able to balance their work with their responsibility as afoster carer.

“Flexible working hours and the option to swap shifts allows family commitments to be met and also helps foster children settle into their new home.

“We’re also looking forward to giving the children who are in care the opportunity to live their lives adventurously.”

Go Ape will be allowing employees flexible working hours, emergency leave, time off for training, and a range of working contracts from zero to 120 hours.

Contracts can be adjusted to suit families’ needs, and foster families are being given the opportunity to give Go Ape a try during Foster Care Fortnight in May.

Copeland Council has also signed up to do their bit.

Councillor Gillian Troughton, finance and human resources spokeswoman, said: “We are pleased to sign up to this campaign which recognises the crucial work that foster parents play in ensuring that children and young people get the best possible start in life, in sometimes difficult circumstances.

“We are keen to do all that we can – like many other public and private sector organisations – to support foster parents in undertaking their role and to encourage those who think fostering might be for them to find out more.”

The News & Star and Cumbria County Council urge prospective carers to call the county council on 0303 3331216 or visit 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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