Scottish charity, Carolina House Trust, has been looking after children and young people for over 200 years. This month they will make history once again with their first-ever online open day for foster carers.
Head of Operations, Sara Lovelock, says, “Our online open day is the latest in a number of innovative changes we have made to how we work at Carolina House Trust over the last year. The Coronavirus pandemic has seen us move our support, training, activities and events for foster carers, staff and children and young people online. While we have been doing digital recruitment for a while now, this will be the first time we have had a live video online information session with one of our foster carers”.
“We usually do this at our Head Office with tea and cake and while that is not possible, we will look to attract new foster carers by appealing to them online. While we will miss the cake, we do hope that online events will attract some people who would usually be unable to attend in-person events in our Dundee office”.
“What actually makes the biggest impact on people, is hearing from the foster carers who are already working with us and we can still offer this perspective virtually. We are grateful to the foster carers who are volunteering to tell their stories and answer questions from people interested in the role. We need committed and caring people to come forward and offer nurturing homes to children and young people.”
The first online open day will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 24th March at 2pm. Marketing & Recruitment Officer, Nicola Donnelly and Supervising Social Worker, Katie Mill will be joined by Foster Carer, Angie Cussick from Dundee who lives with her husband, two sons and young person who has been with them for over a year.
Angie saw for herself the difference foster care had made to the life of a young person. She was encouraged by her son’s headteacher, who thrust a Carolina House Trust leaflet into her hand, to attend an open evening. She says, “I went to the open evening, got all the info and it snowballed from there. Everyone was really nice, they came out and visited within a few days. It fell into our laps like fate does sometimes.”
Those interested in attending the Online Open Day or finding out more about foster care should register on Eventbrite. A second event will be held in late April.