Members of the LGBTQ+ community interested in fostering are invited to the first ever Whitehaven Pride event this Saturday.

Cumbria Fostering, in collaboration with Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness councils, will provide information and answer questions at this landmark event, organised by Proud and Diverse Cumbria.

Potential LGBTQ+ foster parents can find the information stand at the harbourside between 10am and 3pm.

Those who have at least one permanently spare room and have the time to support and nurture children and young people who’ve often had a difficult start in life, are invited to get in touch.

In return, foster families receive a package of support, training, generous payments and allowances.

Egremont foster carers Rosie and Claire Crewdson-Price, who will be supporting the event, said: "We would encourage anyone in the LGBTQ+ community who is thinking about fostering to visit the information stand at Whitehaven Pride and find out more.

"It is a chance to speak to Cumbria Fostering staff and also carers like us and ask any questions you may have and to get started on your fostering journey.

"You get a lot of rewards from fostering and you can have a big impact on the life of a young person."

More information can be accessed on or through the fostering agency's contact line, on 0300 013 2065.