Wanted: happy homes!
Eton Road are making sure Foster Care Fortnight hits all the right
notes in Liverpool! Foster Care Fortnight kicks-off this week,
and the Liverpool pop quartet - who took the UK by storm with a
string of dazzling performances on ITV1’s ‘The X Factor’ –
are teaming up with local foster carers to urge many more local
people to foster.
They will be stars of the show at a special fostering event at Radio
City Tower on 18 May 2007. The event will give people the chance to speak
to local foster carers and hear all about their experiences, as well
as meet the council’s fostering team and find out everything there
is to know about fostering. And the council will be spreading
the fostering message far and wide. Information points will be set
up in the city centre - at Clayton Square and
St John’s Shopping Centre - as well as at Asda in Hunts Cross.
Theresa Hill, 47, from Toxteth, has been fostering for just over a
year, and she’s throwing her weight behind the campaign.
Theresa said:- “Anyone who is thinking about fostering should
stop thinking about it and do it! Being a foster carer is one of
the most rewarding things you can do, but more to the point, it’s
needed.” Ian and Tracy Holland from Widnes have been fostering Liverpool
children for almost 6 years, and they are also supporting Foster
Care Fortnight. Ian, 42, said:- “Our lives have been enriched
since we became foster carers. It’s made a real difference to us and
given us the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of
others.” Tracy, 39, added:- “To be a foster
carer, you need a big heart, a big commitment to children, space in
your home and life and a good sense of humour.”
There are currently 365 foster carers in Liverpool. The council has
more than 600 children in foster placements at any one time, aged
from 2 to 18 years, and scores of new placements are needed every
year. Fosters carers for children of all backgrounds are
needed in Liverpool, but there is a particular need for carers for
boys aged 5-12, brothers and sisters and ethnic minority youngsters.
The council’s executive member for children’s services, Councillor
Paul Clein, said:- “Foster Care fortnight gives us a great
opportunity to raise awareness about the need for foster carers in
the city, as well as highlighting and celebrating the important work
they do. I’m delighted that Eton Road are supporting our efforts to
find happy homes for Liverpool children. We are committed to
finding placements for children locally, where they can stay in
touch with family and friends. But that presents a real challenge
because we need to find scores of placements every year.
Children thrive in families and that’s why finding people who can
offer local children a loving family home is a priority for us. I’m
hoping Foster Care Fortnight will help us recruit many more heroic
carers who can build better futures for children throughout the
The fostering information day takes place at Radio City Tower, St
John’s Beacon, Houghton Street on Friday 18 May, from 10am to 5pm.
Everyone is welcome!
WORLD CLASS JAZZ FROM COURTNEY PINE
KICKING of the
Southport International Jazz Festival on Thursday 31 May 2007 at
Southport Floral Hall is the multi-award winning and world famous
saxophonist Courtney Pine.
It has been 2 decades since Courtney Pine released his debut album
that put contemporary jazz in the British Top 40 album charts for
the 1st time, and it is still profoundly redolent of the excitement
surrounding British jazz's revitalisation. The world famous
saxophonist fuses hip-hop, jazz and groove, and is one of the most
exciting and talented performers around. Awarded an OBE for his
services to jazz, Courtney also presents the BBC Radio 2 show Jazz
Crusade. He is one of the UK's finest musical ambassadors, and is
revered across the world for his innovative style and love of
2007 sees the re-release of his classic 'Modern Day Jazz Stories' (a
Mercury Music Prize Album of The Year) so expect to hear old
favourites alongside first airings of new album material and gems
from his current 'Resistance' set. The multi-award winning
artist and now broadcaster has worked tirelessly to make jazz
accessible to a younger audience and continues to gain new fans.
Courtney Pine - saxophones, Darren Taylor - bass, Robert Fordjour -
drums, Chris Jerome - keyboards, Cameron Pierre - guitar, Omar
Puente - violin
“The UK’s most important jazz instrumentalist”
"In A Class of
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