The Fostering Network is passionate about making sure that young people in care and care leavers have their say. We are committed to making sure that young people in Wales with experience of care are heard by the people and organisations who make decisions about their lives and the care system. All of our policy and campaigning work is informed by what people tell us, that’s why our ambassador scheme is an amazing opportunity to get involved and shape and influence fostering in Wales.
What are youth ambassadors?
If you are aged between 16 and 23 years, have experience of being in care, and want to be part of the movement to improve the lives of children in care, then the Fostering Excellence youth ambassador programme is for you.
What will I do?
Our youth ambassadors will influence public decision-makers and the media, inspire other children and young people in care, as well as help to train foster carers and social workers.
- Attending meetings, workshops and training events to share your views.
- Writing online blogs and contributing to the development of Thrive magazine.
Supporting and inspiring other children and young people in care.
Why become a youth ambassador?
- decision making
- written and verbal communication
- presentation and public speaking
- team working
All ambassadors will receive certificates annually, to evidence the contribution they have made through their volunteering.
Additionally The Fostering Network will be pleased to offer references for our ambassadors, detailing the commitment and roles volunteers have undertaken.
All youth ambassadors will be expected to attend four Saturday meetings, which will last approximately six hours, across the year.
Additional activities may occur as and when we require. However, the ambassador role is flexible in that we only encourage involvement in the activities that you are comfortable and passionate about!
Ambassadors will be given continuous support along the way, with training and supervision opportunities.
How do I get involved?
We are looking for people who are passionate, enthusiastic and committed. You don’t need to have previous experience of volunteering or being an ambassador, but there is a job description and person specification for the role which you can download below.
If you would like to find out further information on how to apply, please contact Charlotte.Wooders@fostering.net
If shortlisted, we will arrange for you to have a short interview (either over the phone or in person). We will also contact your referee and ask them to complete a reference. Successful members will be invited to meet with The Fostering Network project team before the first Saturday meeting.