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Making more room for foster children in Tameside

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Foster families in Tameside have been able to provide new bedrooms in their homes thanks to funding from the Greater Manchester Room Makers scheme.

Two Tameside foster families benefited from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) funding secured by Tameside Council to convert a spare room in their home into a bedroom. This has enabled foster carers to offer more children in care a loving and supportive home.

GMCA offered the funding to all foster carers in Greater Manchester who wanted to take on additional cared for young people. This was made possible by transforming an existing space in their home into a bedroom.

Two Tameside Fostering Households made use of the scheme, meaning at least two more fostering placements are available to children and young people, offering them a stable family setting. In a video about the Room Makers project, local foster carer Maria Allen and local builder and foster carer Chris Hughes share their praise for the scheme.

Maria said: “For me it was about giving another young person an opportunity. It’s been fantastic and enabled me to do that and offer another placement.

“I think it’s amazing,” added Chris, “to be able to utilise the space that’s already there without having to put a strain on you financially”.

To find out more about fostering visit https://www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering 

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