31 July 2013

A fostering pop-up shop will be travelling the county this summer so that members of the public can find out more about fostering over a chat and a cup of coffee.

Earlier this year, Northamptonshire County Council joined forces with the Grosvenor Centre to transform a vacant shop into an informal information zone with foster carers and social workers on hand to chat with people interested in finding out more.

The success of that event, with 17 families expressing an interest in finding out more about becoming foster carers, has led to the council launching a pop-up shop tour incorporating Northampton, Kettering and Daventry.

When do they take place?

The pop-up shop will open from 10:00am to 4:00pm at:

  • Northampton’s Grosvenor Centre this Saturday (3 August) on the first floor near the Costa coffee shop.
  • Kettering on Saturday 24 August in the former Jessops shop on Gold Street
  • Daventry on Saturday 31 August in a vacant shop next door to Baskets & Bunches florist on Sheaf Street.

Councillor Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children and education, said: "The fostering shop is a great chance for anyone who is interested in finding out more to drop in and talk to the team over a hot drink and a biscuit.

“We’re delighted to have the support of our local town centre business leaders who are backing our call for more foster carers by donating shop space for the day.

“By having a local presence, we’re hoping that the message is loud and clear: we need families who do normal everyday things like shopping, meeting up with friends or grabbing a bite to eat. Our children in care may have been through extraordinary circumstances but what they need is the chance to live an ordinary life and have the same childhood experiences as their peers."

Why are more foster carers needed?

With approximately 760 children in care and 215 foster families the council wants to recruit more foster carers to increase the chances of a child in care staying in their local area and to avoid having to use agency placements that could see them living away from their local community.

Foster carers are paid a weekly allowance and receive a full training package. A recent Ofsted report on the county’s fostering services found that foster carers in the county feel their views are valued by the council and foster carers and children feel supported.

More details

For more information about fostering, visit the fostering section of our website.