National fostering film project launches in South Gloucestershire

Fostering services across the country are joining together for the national release of a new short film commissioned by the largest collaboration of local councils and children’s trusts from all over England.

The unique film project, developed by the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum is now working with councils around the country who have jointly funded the creation of a new film, aimed at helping to find more foster carers who can provide homes for the children and young people who need them.

The short film, called ‘Out There’, highlights the ways fostering can make a difference to the lives of everyone involved, from the children and young people who live with foster carers, to those who come forward to care for them.

While we already have many brilliant foster carers in South Gloucestershire the reality is we always need more people to open their homes and their hearts to fostering.

This project has been a brilliant way of working together to make the production of a high-quality film that will be a real asset to our recruitment of new foster carers for South Gloucestershire Council.

The aim is that this film will be shared on social media in cities, towns and villages right across the UK, reaching countless people and showing them the many benefits fostering brings and helping children and young people into safe, nurturing homes and we are very proud to have played a part in making it happen.

A total of 34 local authorities have been involved in the project, and the film will have a virtual premiere at midday on 12 October which will include an introduction from Kevin Williams, the Chief Executive of The Fostering Network. Everyone attending from the participating councils and children’s trusts will then be asked to share the film via all social media platforms and help the message spread across the UK using the hashtags #fosterforyourcouncil and #findthebestofyou

By being a part of this project, we can see that we get the best benefits from pooling resources.  The time, knowledge and expertise that working as partners has brought to this project can now help the children and young people in our area.

Out There is a beautifully poignant film which really captures many of the thoughts and emotions being felt today, particularly as many people have reflected during the pandemic about their life choices and the importance of community support.

Could you foster?
South Gloucestershire Council needs more people to open their hearts and home to foster. So, if you have been thinking about becoming a foster carer then please get in touch  - we would love to hear from you.

Making an enquiry is an opportunity for you to find out more about fostering and the application process, to help you decide if fostering is the right path for you.

If you are interested in fostering for your local authority, the first thing to do is fill in our online enquiry form.  Alternatively, you can call us on 01454 866423 or email fostering@southglos.gov.uk.