Fostering Community Champions, funded by the Big Lottery, is an exciting four year project that aims to improve the outcomes of children in care by reducing the isolation experienced by many foster carers and helping young people to use their experience of foster care in a positive and meaningful way.
Thirty six foster carers and 12 young people from fostering households will be trained to provide peer support to foster families across Scotland.
Here, project worker Jane Wright writes about the first meeting of the young champions.
When the young champions from the Fostering Community Champions project first met up one of our initial tasks was to decide on the look for our publicity. During that first get together we also discovered that one of the group, Amy, was a photography student who had already conducted a number of photo shoots for various organisations.
After looking at various options and possible designs it was decided that we would take group and individual shots of the young champions holding blank cards.
The idea being that they could be used in a variety of ways throughout the project with different messages and phrases photoshopped on to them depending on the event or issue that was being promoted.
On 16 April we met up in the Lighthouse building in Glasgow where we were kindly given the use of one of their galleries free of charge.
While Amy was setting up her equipment the rest of us took a tour of this iconic Mackintosh designed former newspaper building and particularly enjoyed the spectacular view from the glass walled viewing room on the roof.
When we went back downstairs Amy was ready to go but, as everyone was feeling a bit camera shy, it was agreed to start with a group shot with no faces on show.
Soon Amy put us all at ease and everyone had several different shots taken.
We then all filled in our Connection to Fostering placards which are part of the Foster Care Fortnight campaign, and again we all took a turn in front of the camera for both group and individual photos.
After all this hard graft we headed round to Royal Exchange Square for some well deserved pizza and lots more chatting and laughing.
Huge thanks to all involved, Sam, Charlotte, Cherise, Connie, Duncan, Dot, Mirren and of course the very talented Amy. We are looking forward to using the photos in many creative ways throughout the project.
The Fostering Network brings together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children and young people to lead, inspire, motivate and support them to make foster care better. To support our work visit www.fostering.net/donate or to donate £10 text FOST37 £10 to 70070.