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Vans help to recruit foster carers

Potential foster carers are being encouraged to come forward through an unusual county council campaign.

Powys County Council, in Llandrindod Wells, is reaching out to new carers through its vehicles.

A total of 43 council vehicles now display the question “We foster for Powys…could you?”

The initiative was launched after council figures showed the number of children needing foster care has risen in the county.

Cllr Les Davies, cabinet member for children and partnerships, said: “We are always looking at new ways to try and recruit foster carers in the county and I’m delighted that we are able to use these vehicles to help with our recruitment drive.

“Fostering is demanding but worthwhile and fulfilling and I hope this initiative will recruit more foster carers in Powys.”

The message is being displayed on vans and cars that are used by council staff to travel around the region.

Cllr Geraint Hopkins, cabinet member for environment and regulation, said: “Council vehicles are on the roads and streets every day in the county so they are ideal to help promote this campaign.

“I’m pleased that these vehicles will play an important part in the campaign to recruit more foster carers.”

The council is looking for foster carers from all backgrounds. It says approved carers are given a generous allowance to help cover the costs of looking after a child, as well as 24-hour support and in-depth training. Foster carers also get the opportunity to gain accredited childcare qualifications.

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