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Foster care drive in Norwich hosted by charity

A new charity drive in Norwich is giving shoppers the chance to find out more about fostering in the city.

The Break charity has taken over the old Discovery Store, next to Jane Norman in The Mall in Norwich to raise awareness about the need for more carers throughout the area. The charity is launching a new service to find foster families for young people aged 10 to 18 years old.

The inside of the store has been converted into a teenager’s bedroom with curtains, duvets and lamps donated by nearby Argos. The room will include lots of information about fostering.

Social worker with Break, Amelia Andrews said: “It’s been really kind of The Mall to let us have the shop for two weeks. We’re staffing it when we can over the next two weeks.

“We’ve got a lot of posters, leaflets, information, it’s quite an eye-catching display really to get people in. It means that people just look in the window and are thinking so it’s also raising awareness.”

People are being encouraged to come down and meet the team at the shop or contact Break if they are unable to get to the shop but would like more information.

The charity’s shop installation is part of Foster Care Fortnight which was organised following the statistics that there are more than 1,000 children and young people in care.

A Break charity spokesman said: “The right foster parents can transform a young person’s life and, in establishing a therapeutic fostering service, Break aims to match foster families to young people aged 10 up to 18 years.”

For information call 01603 670100.

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