29 April 2008
A 6-a-side football tournament for adults, sponsored by Caerphilly County Borough Council's Fostering Service, will be held at Caerphilly Leisure Centre on Saturday 10 May.
The 'Euro 2008' event, which will mark the beginning of Fostering Fortnight (12-25 May), will see 20 teams from local clubs play each other to win £300 in prize money. This money will be spent on a fostering-branded kit for the junior team from the winning club.
Visitors to the leisure centre will be able to take part in a free 5-minute rowing challenge with the chance to win a month's free 'Lifestyle Three' membership. There will also be a £1 public swim between session between 1pm and 4pm.
Caerphilly's fostering team is always on the lookout for new carers, particularly carers for older children and young people.
Derek and Gaynor Walsh have been fostering for 3 years. They care for two young people, aged 15 and 16. When asked what qualities you should have to care for older children, Gaynor said: "You need the same qualities that you would use to care for younger children, most teenagers just need love and guidance. It is sometimes easier to look after older children, as long as you listen to them and treat them as equals."
Jane Moore, Service Manager for Looked After Children said, "You can make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Fostering Fortnight has allowed us to highlight the need for carers for older children and I would like to thank everyone for supporting us by getting involved with the football tournament."
Foster carers and staff from the team will be on hand at the football festival to talk to anyone interested in fostering.
For further information on how to become a foster carer, please call 0800 587 5664 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/fostering
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