National fostering film launches in Gloucestershire
Fostering services across the country are joining together for the national release of a new short film commissioned by the largest collaboration of local councils and children’s trusts in England.
The unique film project, jointly funded by over 30 councils, aims to address the national shortage of foster carers and find homes for the children and young people who urgently need them.
The short film highlights the ways that fostering can make a difference to the lives of everyone involved, from the children and young people who are looked after by foster carers, to the foster care families who come forward to care for them.
Cllr Stephen Davies, cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and early years at Gloucestershire County Council said: “While we already have many brilliant foster carers in Gloucestershire, the reality is we always need more families to open their homes and their hearts to children in need.
“This project is a brilliant way of working together in the production of a high-quality film that will be a real asset to the recruitment of new foster carers for Gloucestershire’s children.
“The hope is that this film will be shared on social media right across the UK, reaching countless people and showing them the many benefits fostering brings, including most importantly the opportunity to help children and young people to live in safe, nurturing homes. We are very proud to have played a part in making it happen.”
A total of 34 local authorities have been involved in the project, and the film will have a virtual premiere at midday on 12 October, including an introduction from Kevin Williams, the Chief Executive of The Fostering Network.
Tammy Wheatley, Head of Service for Permanence at Gloucestershire County Council said: “By being a part of this project, we benefit from the pooling of resources. The time, knowledge and expertise that working as partners has brought to this project can now help the children and young people in our county.”“Out There is a beautifully poignant film that really captures many of the thoughts and emotions being felt today, particularly as many people have been reflecting about their life choices and the importance of community support during the pandemic. I think the film itself and the joint approach really demonstrates the benefits of collaborative working.”
To find out more about fostering for Gloucestershire County Council please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering or call 01242 532654.