Foster carers from across North Ayrshire enjoyed a get-together on Thursday, December 12, as North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Family Placement Team hosted their annual Christmas coffee morning.

The event, at Fullarton Connexions in Irvine, was held as a thank you to all of North Ayrshire’s Foster Carers for their incredible hard work throughout the year, and provided an opportunity for them to socialise with fellow carers.

The event was also attended by North Ayrshire Provost Ian Clarkson and North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership staff.

A collection for North Ayrshire Foodbank was held on the day, with generous foster carers donating bags of food and gifts which will be distributed to local families in need this Christmas.

Alison Sutherland, Head of Service for Children, Families and Criminal Justice at North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I would like to thank our foster carers for everything they do for the young people in North Ayrshire who are unable to live with their families through no fault of their own.

“They do a remarkable job, and I can’t praise them highly enough. Their care has such a positive impact on the lives of the young people and can really help them to achieve their full potential.

“I would urge anyone who has ever considered fostering to please get in touch with us to find out more.”

Children go into care for a wide range of reasons and can remain in care for a few days, months or even longer. Some children will return to the care of their families, but others may move on to an adoptive family or remain in permanent foster care.

Being a foster carer can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and each placement makes a huge difference to a young person in need of a caring and stable home.

Prospective fosterers can come from a variety of backgrounds, whether single or in a stable relationship, and you do not need to have any specific qualifications as training and support is provided.

While you do not need to own your home, it is essential that you have a spare room.

If you are a local authority housing tenant who is interested in fostering, North Ayrshire Council may be able to assist with alternative housing provision to ensure that you have the necessary spare bedroom should you be found suitable for the role.

If you’d like to find out more about fostering or adoption, visit http://nahscp.org/children-and-families.

You can also contact North Ayrshire Adoption and Fostering Service directly by email at adfos-enquiry@north-ayrshire.gov.uk, or call 01294 310300.