Sandwell Council’s foster carers have received a boost with a donations of toys for all ages from the congregation at Great Barr Methodist Church. Councillor Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Childrens Services, received the donations on behalf of Sandwell’s Looked After Children & Young People from Reverend Rachel Frank and members of the church congregation including Dorothy Clive and Hazel Powell.

“It’s great to see that people want to support our work.  Our foster carers do a great job and donations like this mean that our social workers will have an extra gifts to pass on to the foster carers who they work closely with.”

“Fostering is such a rewarding career, so it’s really pleasing when people support our work.  I hope that all those people who are thinking about fostering make a resolution to call us.  A New Year and a fresh start – it could be the perfect time to foster for Sandwell.”

Members of Sundial Lane Girl Guiding, were also present, to support the Church’s donation, demonstrating that the Great Barr Methodist Church appeal has involved people of all ages.

Sally O’Hare of Girlguiding Sundial Lane added; “One of the aims of Girlguiding is to encourage girls to take an active role in their local community, supporting this kind donation by Great Barr Methodist Church to Sandwell Childrens Services is something we were happy to do."

Picking up on the involvement of people of all ages, Councillor Hackett added, “not everyone can be a foster carer, but this is a great example of how people can help, whether it’s making a donation or simply spreading the word.  The bottom line is, if you have an interest in working with children, but you’re not sure about fostering, please call us.  Our number is 0800 358 0899 and our team are always willing to help and advise people about how to become a foster carer.”