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Carers step up for refugees

Fifteen asylum-seeking children who arrived in the UK from the Calais refugee camp have been placed with loving families by Waltham Forest Council over the past two weeks.



The Council is taking the opportunity to pay thanks to the borough’s fabulous foster carers for stepping up and offering safety, support and comfort to young people left feeling scared and alone after fleeing violence in their country.



Council Leader, Chris Robbins, said: “Waltham Forest’s foster carers have been absolutely magnificent.



“Five of our carers went so far as to volunteer to accept emergency placements from some of the coaches arriving last weekend, which carried some children judged too vulnerable to be temporarily placed in central reception centres. The foster carers had no prior information about the children and in most cases could not speak the same language.



“Our fantastic foster carers have really come through for these young people, and as a result the children we’ve placed with carers have said they felt welcomed and were relieved to be in a family home after months of being afraid and lonely.”



Included in the placements were three children who the Council was able to reunite with family members already living in the borough. Social workers are currently assessing what further support they will need going forward.



With more children continuing to arrive in the UK from Calais, the Council is letting residents know that it desperately needs more foster carers. 



To become a Waltham Forest foster carer you must have room in your heart and a spare room in your home.



Carers have 24/7 access to social worker support, extensive training and a rewards package that includes a professional fee and up to 60 per cent off Council Tax. Other benefits include membership at any of the Council’s leisure centres and access to a variety of discounts from major brand retailers.



Visit www.fosteringwalthamforest.co.uk to register your interest or come along to our fostering information session on Thursday 10 November, 6.30pm at Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF.

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