COME and join us – and help give a child a better start in life.
That is the message from Blackpool’s foster carers who have filmed a DVD in a bid to inspire others to take up the role.
They have discussed why they chose to foster, the system of finding a suitable child and how it has benefited their lives for the DVD entitled Real People Wanted.
Among them is Paul Davenport, 52, and his wife Tamara, from North Shore, who began fostering nearly three years ago after bringing up their own children.
Paul said: “You don’t need to have any form of qualifications or special qualities – you just have to be a good family orientated person who wants to put other people before yourself.
“You cannot be selfish in this job because the children need your help.
“The satisfaction is in what you have done.
“Hopefully it will be embedded in that child for the rest of their life, and in their children as well. Fostering is a job that keeps giving.”
Sham Sangha, 49, and his wife Sharon, from Cleveleys, have three children of their own and have been foster parents since September 2010.
Sham said: “As we were getting older we wanted to give something back to the community.
“If we can help a child get a reasonable start in life, and help another family out, there is an enormous sense of fulfilment.”
Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for children’s services on Blackpool Council, said: “This film shows off just what a great job these carers do and how rewarding it can be.
“In Blackpool, like across the country, we are keen to recruit more people as foster carers.
“You don’t need to be a superhero to take good care of a child. We’re after real people who can provide a safe home that will nurture a child and help them realise their potential.”
The DVD will be available to view on the council’s website and will also be distributed through schools. Call (01253) 477888 for details.