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New short film about fostering in Liverpool to showcase at FACT

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New short film about fostering in Liverpool to showcase at FACT
Any of us will raise awareness of fostering in Liverpool and other areas. Photo provided by Sefton Council

Any of us can foster…. that’s the message of a powerful new short film part funded by Sefton, Knowsley and Liverpool Council’s along with 80 other Local Authorities.

The film ‘Any of us’, will be screened at FACT Liverpool and raises awareness of fostering in Liverpool and other areas, it also highlights that anyone has the potential to make a difference to a child’s life.

There are over 2,500 cared for children across the three Councils and with a national shortage of local carers, local authorities have no alternative but to look further afield, meaning some children are moved away from their school, friends, and familiar environments. Experiencing this can be traumatic for a child or young person. 

The film follows the story of three very different people, Ayesha, Neil and Marsha, who each show in their own way, how they have caring personalities fundamental to being a foster carer, from going to the aid of a pedestrian after an accident, to calming down an aggressive situation.  

Their stories are all interwoven with that of a young foster child, Chloe, as viewers get an insight into her journey into foster care. 

Watch ‘Any of us’ on Sefton’s YouTube Channel here.

FACT Liverpool Exterior on Wood Street. Courtesy of FACT Liverpool
FACT Liverpool Exterior on Wood Street. Courtesy of FACT Liverpool

The new film will also be shown across Sefton’s social media and digital platforms so keep a look out and help us spread the word by sharing and liking messages.

Kim, who began fostering with Sefton Council two and a half years ago says it’s the best decision her and her family made. 

Kim said:

“This film is a powerful reminder that any of us can make a difference in a child’s life. Fostering isn’t about being perfect, you just need to be willing to be there for a child. We don’t think we’re special, we are just normal people trying to look after children that need our care. 

“For me and my family, fostering is the best thing we’ve ever done. I’d recommend it a hundred percent because the enjoyment of seeing kids grow and become more confident is the best feeling ever”. 

Councillor Mhairi Doyle, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care said:

“We all have a role to play in helping our children who have come into care through no fault of their own. 

It takes a village to raise a child and communities, businesses and organisations can help in many ways for example, sharing messages across their channels, by thinking about making their workplaces ‘Fostering Friendly’ so its easier to work and foster at the same time or even helping current foster families by offering discounts on days out or activities. Our children benefit when we all work together.”

Sefton, Liverpool and Knowsley have come together to host a special showing of the film on Thursday19 October for an invited audience at FACT Cinema in Liverpool.

Local businesses, organisations, media and community groups are being invited to the premiere to watch the film, meet Council Leaders, fostering teams, and foster carers to find out how they can help in the search for more foster carers across Merseyside.

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