A partnership to promote fostering
To help meet the fostering recruitment targets, Rovers Football Club have set up a partnership with Doncaster Council’s Fostering Service to encourage fans and sponsors to consider looking after children currently in care.
The Doncaster Fostering service will be the Junior Rovers’ official sponsors for the new season, supporting a number of the Rovers’ initiatives such as the ‘Attendance 4 Attendance’ program – where school children are rewarded for 100% attendance with free tickets to a Rovers game.
A new wall vinyl promoting fostering in Doncaster was revealed by Mayor Ros Jones, Jon Warburton – Senior Commercial Sales Executive at Doncaster Rovers and members of the Doncaster Rovers’ summer camp. The vinyl displays hand prints of some of Doncaster’s fostered children and takes pride of place in the Family Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium.
45 more foster carers needed
Counsellor Nuala Fennelly said: “We are very excited about this new partnership and are delighted to be working with Doncaster Rovers on such an important initiative for the children of Doncaster. We currently have around 165 children and young people living with Doncaster Council’s foster carers and due to growing demand we need to approve an additional 45 foster carers this year.”
Finding carers amongst our fanbase
Jon Warburton, Senior Commercial Sales Executive at Doncaster Rovers said: “The service being provided by Doncaster Council to help young people is extremely worthwhile and we are looking forward to helping them find eligible foster carers amongst our fanbase.”
With more than 62,000 children living with foster families across the UK and an estimated 8,600 further foster carers still needed this year alone, perhaps this is a new initiative more football clubs could consider to help meet the growing demand for foster carers and provide the supportive, stable and caring homes needed for these vulnerable children.