Change a life
Foster with Nottingham City Council
You can make the biggest difference to a child by providing a loving stable foster home. We have children of all ages and from a diverse range of backgrounds who need foster homes. Being in foster care allows children to experience a childhood they have lost or may never have had. A stable family environment provides a strong foundation which can give children and young people the chance to aspire to great things. We urgently need new carers, especially those interested in offering long term placements to older children and teenagers and those able to offer a home to sibling groups or children with complex needs. Our foster carers are approved to care for children and young people from birth to 18 to provide flexibility so that we can meet the needs of children who come into care. Find out more here: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/foster
Support Safe Families for Children
Safe Families for Children works hand-in-hand with children’s services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support. When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support but some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Stabilising families before they reach a breaking point is key to reducing the number of children who need to go into care. Safe Families provides Family Friends, Host Families and Resource Friends to help while parents get back on their feet. Click here to find out more: https://www.safefamiliesforchildren.com/
Become a befriender
Befriending is one of the best ways that you can help someone who is lonely, isolated or can’t get out or around. There are lots of organisations in the city which run befriending schemes. Click here www.housingcare.org/service/list/s-22-companionship-befriending/l-351-nottingham-pg2.aspx or simply Google “Befriending in Nottingham”. You can really make a huge difference to someone’s life by becoming a volunteer befriender.
Support a Nottingham family
Could you help children to get the best start in life? Why not help Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC). This special programme works with 0-4 years olds and their families in Aspley, Arboretum, Bulwell and St Ann’s. As a helper with SSBC you will be helping to run a range of activities to give children and parents more opportunities to have fun, build confidence and learn new skills. SSBC is looking for people with experience of parenting to make a difference for local children. To help in Aspley or Bulwell please contact Richard Owen, Coordinator, by on Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07771348655. To help in Arboretum or St Ann’s please contact Sonja Austin-Mepham, Recruitment and Support Worker, by email Sonja.AustinMepham@frameworkha.org or call 07966653022.
Adopt a child
Could you provide the stability of a permanent home for a child in need? All adopters must be able to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing home for a child. Some qualities are the same as those asked of any parent but there are extra qualities needed to care and bring up a child who is not born into your family. There are lots of misconceptions about who can adopt. If you’re over the age of 21 and can provide a permanent, stable and caring home to a child or children in our care we would welcome your enquiry. Find out more here: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/children-and-families/adopt