September 26th, 2016

Coventry Council joins forces with Virgin Trains in adoption plea

Coventry Council joins forces with Virgin Trains in adoption plea Coventry Council joins forces with Virgin Trains in adoption plea
L to R: Steve Haskins, Virgin Trains; Coun Ken Taylor; Roy Starkey, Virgin Trains; and Rachel Brown, Coventry City Council. s

COVENTRY CITY Council has teamed up with Virgin Trains to launch an urgent appeal for local foster carers.

The Council’s Adoption and Fostering team has joined forces with the train company to help deliver the ‘Together we can give children a childhood’ campaign across the city.

The scheme will see staff from both organisations meet the public at Coventry train station on the first Friday of each month as part of the ‘First Fostering Friday’ raise awareness of the need for local carers.

The First Fostering Friday promotion is part of the Council’s wider urgent plea for foster carers in Coventry who can provide safe and secure loving homes close to children’s family, friends and school.

Coun Ken Taylor, OBE, the city’s Fostering and Adoption Champion, said by working across the community the Council hoped to make a difference to children’s lives in the city.

He added: “The key message is that it is everybody’s business to try and provide a loving and secure environment for our children who require foster care or adoptive families.

“We’re appreciative of Virgin Train’s ongoing support in campaigns such as this as it provides a regular informative and welcoming presence to train users and visitors and we’re pleased to hear the positive feedback from our partners at the Railway Station in relation to their own customers’ feedback.”

In addition to the First Fostering Friday promotions, the Council also released a new film, ‘What happened to Alfie?’, which captures the journey of a young person in care.

Details about future fostering information events, to view the ‘What happened to Alfie?’ film and to find out how to make a difference to a child’s life, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering, call 02476 832828 or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/adoptandfosterforcoventry