Buckinghamshire Council’s Fostering and Adoption Services have forged an exciting new partnership with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club’s charity, becoming a ‘Friend of Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust’ (WWSET). Being a ‘friend’ of WWSET will allow children in the council’s care to access some of the charity’s fantastic sports and education community projects. The new partnership is also another way for Buckinghamshire Council to raise awareness about the current needs of local children waiting to be fostered or adopted, especially in the south of the county where we always need more carers to come forward.
There are around 25 children waiting to be adopted in Buckinghamshire and last year there were around 150 who needed fostering. Sadly, some children have to wait longer than others to find a loving and safe home; those in sibling groups (as we try to keep brother and sisters together where possible), older children and children from Black and Ethnic Minority cultures. We need more people to come forward as foster carers and adopters so we have as big a pool as possible to find the right match for our children. The new partnership will also mean local children in the council’s care can access courses and community programmes that will really bolster them, from mentoring schemes to improving their physical and mental well-being and more. They will also get access to match day tickets to see Wycombe Wanderers play when fans are able to attend matches again.
Tony Green, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Youth Provision said:
“We are really pleased to be joining up with Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust in this way. They run some fantastic sport and education projects that our looked after children will benefit hugely from. The partnership is also a brilliant way for us to tap into some of the club’s fantastic networks; we always need more people to come forward as adopters or foster carers and this will help us to reach people we might not otherwise manage to.
We want people to be aware of the fantastic benefits of fostering and adopting with Buckinghamshire Council. There is support all the way, right from the start of the process and beyond. We want people from all backgrounds and cultures to think about fostering and adoption – you could change a child’s life and provide them with a loving and safe home they so desperately need. We are a welcoming and supportive community so please, get in touch and find out more.”
To find out more about the community projects run by WWSET and how to become a ‘Friend of WWSET’ go to http://www.wwset.co.uk/