Men needed for foster care visits

A CHARITY is appealing for more male volunteers to help boys living in care.

Barnardo’s North-East is looking for men to join its independent visitor service.

The charity works with children in foster care placements and residential care in Hartlepool, as well as in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton.

Kath Worth, a Barnardo’s project co-ordinator, said: “Children who are in foster care already have a lot of adults in their lives, but these are usually all professionals.

“What they often need is an adult who can be an advocate for them, to look out for them, but not as a professional, more as a friend.

“This service gives children a chance to spend some quality time with someone who is not in their lives on a professional basis and gives them a chance to build up a one-to-one, trusting relationship with an adult.”

Independent visitors receive expenses and a small allowance for activities per visit.

For more information on the scheme call (0191) 4929000.