Children in Care Choir to take centre stage at Leicestershire fostering event

Beacon Voices, whose members are all young people in care, will also be making a guest appearance at the final in-person fostering event of the year

A photo of three smiling young children

With over 700 children and young people in care across Leicestershire, the urgent need for foster carers is ongoing. Residents are invited to attend the final in-person fostering event of the year to find out more about how they can help.

Taking place on Thursday 12th October at County Hall, the information event aims to give guests all the details they need about fostering with Leicestershire County Council. Questions are highly encouraged, as existing foster carers and the fostering team will be on hand to provide the answers guests need.

Beacon Voices, whose members are all young people in care, will also be making a guest appearance and performing a small selection of songs for guests. The group has previously dazzled audiences, and the show is expected to be the highlight of the evening.

Councillor Deborah Taylor, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We recognise the effort and dedication shown by all our foster carers and are extremely proud of the work that they do with us here at Leicestershire County Council.

Sadly, there is an ongoing need for more foster carers as the number of children and young people in care continues to rise across the county. This information event will offer a good chance for Leicestershire residents to find out more about fostering with their local authority, and what it can offer to them and their family.

The planned performance by Beacon Voices will be a real treat for our guests, and is a brilliant way for all of the young people involved to develop key skills such as confidence and teamwork, all whilst doing something that they enjoy.”

The information event will take place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Guests are asked to arrive at the main reception at County Hall (Glenfield, LE3 8RA) by 6:15pm to ensure they can be signed in early, and the event to begin promptly.

Registration for this event, or an upcoming virtual one, can be done through completing the 'Join a fostering event' form.

Anyone wanting to find out more about fostering with Leicestershire County Council can visit the fostering in Leicestershire website, email the team at  fostering@leics.gov.uk, or call them on 0116 305 0505.

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