11 Nov Bucks Fostering and Adoption Services kick off partnership with Wycombe Wanderers Sport & Education Trust
Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET), the official charity of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, is delighted to announce that the latest organisation to forge links with us via our ‘Friends of WWSET’ initiative is Buckinghamshire Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service.
Becoming a ‘friend’ of WWSET will allow children in the council’s care to access some of our fantastic sports, health, inclusion and education related community projects, and 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 they always need more carers to come forward.
At present 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; such as those in sibling groups (as the council try to keep brothers and sisters together where possible), older children and children from minority backgrounds and cultures.
Buckinghamshire Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service always need more people to come forward as foster carers and adopters so they have as big a pool as possible to find the right match for their children.
The new partnership will also mean local children in the council’s care can access WWSET courses and community programmes that will really bolster their development, 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 & Education Trust in this way. They run some fantastic 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.”
Head of WWSET Paul Foley added:
“It’s fantastic that Buckinghamshire Councils Fostering and Adoption Service have become official Friends of WWSET.
Like ourselves, the team at the Fostering & Adoption Service work extremely hard to provide positive opportunities and outcomes for many young people within our community who are in need of various types of support in order to live happy, productive and fulfilled lives. We’re looking forward to working closely with them moving forward and assisting them in achieving their aims. In the meantime, if you or anybody you know would like to consider adopting or fostering, then I’d urge you to get in touch with the service in order to find out more information.”
To find out more about the community projects run by WWSET and how to become a ‘Friend of WWSET’ go to https://www.wwset.co.uk/friends-of-wwset/overview/