Tameside child in care highlighted in regional writing competition

Date Released - 22/02/2018

A SHORT story written by a Tameside child in care is being highlighted as part of the regional You Can Foster campaign.

The story ‘What Friendship is all about’ was shortlisted for the age 9-13 category in the Inspiring Stories competition, which aimed to celebrate the creativity of children in foster care.

A panel of celebrated poets, performers and authors including Tony “Longfella” Walsh, who is originally from Tameside, read and judged the entries. The shortlisted entry from the young Tameside entrant, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is showcased on the You Can Foster website here.

Each of the competition winners is set to receive an artistic illustration of their story in the style of a book cover that beautifully represents the themes and characters within their stories, all of which can be seen here.

Though the competition winners’ names need to remain anonymous, the stories they tell reveal a real sense of the value and motivation that foster carers instil in the young and the profound way in which they can help shape young lives for the better. Everyone shortlisted will receive a commemorative certificate.

The You Can Foster campaign, supported by Tameside Council, aims to help raise the profile of fostering and recruit more local authority foster carers.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “We are very proud that one of our children in care was shortlisted in the competition, which in itself has told an inspiring story of  the talent and resilience of looked after children who have overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve well.

“Our foster carers play an invaluable role in providing stable and nurturing homes for children and young people in care and helping them to be  the best they can be. Many of the entries to the inspiring stories competition highlighted the positive difference foster carers make to these young people’s lives. I would urge anyone interested in fostering to get in touch to find out more.”

Tameside Council foster carers receive excellent training and support as well as an attractive allowance. The fostering team want to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds who may be able to provide a stable and caring home. To find out more call 0161 368 8865 or see http://youcanfoster.org/

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