Manchester City Council is recruiting short-break foster carers – people with experience of working with children who have a physical or learning disability.
You’ll help to look after a child in your own home between one and four nights a month, helping to give their family a break. Each child is matched with you, and there are plenty
of visits and meetings for you to get to know each other before an overnight stay occurs, to make sure that the child is settled.
As a short-break carer you’ll be giving parents the time to relax a little and switch off, knowing that their child is being well cared forand having fun.
You can fit caring around your permanent job and we’ll provide you with training and development to help you through your fostering career.
“A friend invited me to a fostering open day and I enjoyed the session - The atmosphere was welcoming and the staff were fantastic. It gave me a greater understanding of the role and the expectations of foster carers, so I put my name forward to be assessed.
“I feel like I’m never alone because of the ongoing training, home visits, respite care, supervisions, ongoing reassessment of the child's needs, financial support and around-the-clock phone support.
“My experience of working with a child with additional needs is challenging; emotionally draining at times, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges. I try to make the child feel loved and accepted whilst supporting him to learn new skills. When I see positive changes in the child, I feel a sense of fulfilment and am encouraged to persevere”.
To be a short-break foster carer you must:
be 21 or over;
live in Greater Manchester; and
have a spare bedroom,
be happy for us to carry out checks to see that you'll be a good short-break foster carer.
We welcome people from any ethnic background or heritage; you can be married or on your own; gay or straight, have your own children or not. You can own or rent your home; work or not work - as long as you have time to meet a child's needs.
Call us on 800 988 8931 (9am to 4.30pm week days) and speak to our friendly team to see if you’re eligible, or visit manchester.gov.uk/fostering to find out more.