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Could you change a life?
Thursday 7th February, 2019

More people are needed across Wigan Borough to support vulnerable children and adults.

Residents with room in their home and their heart to support someone are being encouraged to come along to an open evening to find out about the paid and unpaid opportunities available.

Wigan Council is inviting residents to Wigan Town Hall on Wednesday 13th February from 4pm – 6.30pm to find out more.

At the open evening there will be staff on hand from the fostering and adoption teams to talk to residents who are considering either fostering or adopting a child.

Residents can find out about different types of fostering options currently available, including fostering as a career or looking after sibling groups, and the benefits of each model.

There will also be representatives from the ATOM team who work with children, young people and their families preventing the need for them to be “cared for” by the authority.

As part of this developing service the council is looking to recruit foster carers who will be attached to the ATOM team, and for the older adolescents Supported Lodgings hosts who will support young people aged 16-25 who have left care or on the edge of being “cared for”.

For families thinking about volunteering they can sign up with the Safe Families for Children service which supports vulnerable families and their children in times of distress.

The Shared Lives service is also recruiting for volunteers to become a champions and friends for vulnerable adults who may be isolated or need support. Volunteers can either give a couple of hours a week to Shared Lives or can support someone permanently.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We are desperately in need of more people who can spare some of their time to support an adult or child. Some of our residents just need a little bit of extra support which will make a huge difference to their wellbeing.

“And as always we are looking for foster carers or adopters who want to change the life of a child.

“There are a whole variety of options available so even if you can commit a couple of hours a week we would love to hear from you.

“If you have been thinking about doing some volunteering for a while but aren’t sure what would suit you, our helpful and friendly staff will be on hand at the event to talk to you about the different opportunities.

“If you want to take that first step and just gather more information please come along for an informal chat.”

Visit www.wigan.gov.uk for more information.

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