A NEW project to recruit more fosters has been launched by Halton Borough Council in conjunction with authorities across Cheshire.

Foster4 aims to provide more support, training opportunities, rewards and benefits to existing carers while finding new people willing to step up to the role.

Halton’s executive board member for children and young people, Cllr Tom McInerney, said “This new project gives us the opportunity to recruit more foster carers on a much larger scale, which in turn allows us to provide the best possible care to our vulnerable children and young people.

"We’ve already seen a 20 per cent increase in fostering enquiries, and would certainly encourage more people to come forward to become a part of this growing fostering community.

"The vision is to pool together our resources so the message has a greater impact- fostering households come in all shapes and sizes, and you could do it too."

Information sessions will take place each month across the county.

The next information sessions in Halton are on November 20 at 10am at Halton Stadium, Widnes, and on December 20 at 10am at Castlefields Community Centre, Runcorn.

Prospective foster carers are invited to turn up on the day for tea, coffee and a warm welcome.

To request an information pack or to find out more visit foster4.co.uk or search for foster4cheshire on Facebook.