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February 2016

Wessex Carers – Child Sexual Exploitation Training

February 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run: Child Sexual Exploitation This course is focused on the experience of foster carers living with children who may be at risk of child sexual exploitation. • Understand the definition and range of Child Sexual Exploitation • Recognise potential vulnerability and warning signs that a young person is at risk of or is involved in CSE • Gain knowledge of how perpetrators target,…

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March 2016

Wessex Open Day

March 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Wessex team are having an open day on Wednesday 2nd March 10am-3pm. If you're interested in fostering come along for a cuppa, cake and a chat! Hope to see you there.

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Wessex Open Day

March 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

  Come and join us for cuppa, cake and a chat The Wessex team are having an open day on Wednesday 2nd March 10am-3pm. Our friendly team will be available to have a chat and answer any questions you may have.  

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Support Group (Parent and Child carers)

March 3, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A chance for carers who provide Parent and Child arrangements to come together for support and learn more about the legal processes at work during these placements. How do they affect your role and the reports you write? How are your reports used? What are the legal requirements on the work you do and on local authority social workers?

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Wessex Carers – Child Protection Training

March 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run: Child Protection (Safeguarding for foster carers – level 2) · What is child abuse and neglect? · Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect. · Normal child development · Maintaining a child focus · What to do in response to concerns · Documentation and sharing of information regarding concerns · Using the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their…

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Education and LAC

March 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Ros Browning, who has worked in education specialising in behaviour support within schools, and carers in maintaining school placements for children. Ros will be looking at the needs of looked after children and what carers need to know. PEP meetings, PP money, the law, the role of the foster carer, working with schools, PRU’s etc.

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Female Carers Spa Day

March 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The female foster carers in the Fostering Foundation South West have been invited to a spa day and lunch as a special treat in recognition of all that they do in their role as foster carers.

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Wessex meet and greet at Trago Mills, Newton Abbot

March 11, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Members of the Wessex team will be at Trago Mills, Newton Abbot on Friday 11th March 9am-1pm. Come along and say hello and chat about fostering in Somerset and Devon.

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Sons and Daughters Group (Secondary school age)

March 12, 2016 @ 12:00 am - 3:00 pm

An opportunity for sons and daughters of foster carers to meet and share their experiences with each other whilst also having some fun.

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Andrew Lister consultation Session

March 14, 2016 @ 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist, any situations they would like to look at.

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Male Support Group

March 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dear Carers, A ‘Male Carers Support Group’ is taking place at the ‘Marsh Mill’ Beefeater restaurant conference room, Plymouth (PL3 6RW), on Wednesday 16th March 2016 - 10am - 2pm. The group only takes place twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Autumn.  The last one was very successful and those that attended fed-back it was of high value.  This is your opportunity to get ‘hands on’ expert advice and to share views and have a…

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Wessex Support Group

March 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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London Foster Carer Panel

March 18, 2016

The London Region Foster carers Panel will be held on 18.03.2016. It is expected that two fostering households would be approved.

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Wessex team at Musgrove Hospital Taunton

March 21, 2016 @ 10:00 pm - March 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

The Wessex team will be on the concourse at Musgrove Hospital, Taunton 21st-23rd March 10-4pm and 24th March 10-1pm Come along and say hello and a chat about fostering

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Bristol Region Support Group

March 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie Welsford.

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April 2016

Longleat Safari Park

April 6, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This is an event for our foster families.  A fabulous day out for the family at Longleat Safari Park.  Entrance tickets will be provided by the Fostering Foundation*. Carers will need to make their own way there and bring a picnic. Please let us know by 18th March how many tickets you need. *for all foster carers, foster children and sons and daughters.    

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Wessex Carers Training- Working with teenagers workshops – Workshop 1

April 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

As part of our training program for 2016 we have developed a brand new series of training workshops for our carers on working with teenagers. Theses six workshops have been developed to provide our carers with the support and resources to enable them to confidently work with their teenagers and young people at a time when lots of changes are occurring. Workshop 1 This session will cover communication brain development (why teenagers act like they do) behavours risks drugs and…

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Andrew Lister Consultation

April 18, 2016 @ 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist, any situations they would like to look at.

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Wessex Carers – Equality & diversity training

April 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run: Equality and Diversity Training The Fostering Foundation opposes any form of discrimination against any individual or group on grounds of race, gender, religion, disability, age, status, or sexual orientation.  The aim of the Equality and Diversity training is to refresh knowledge and raise awareness of equality and diversity in the context of foster care and working with children and young people.  The…

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Safer Caring

April 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

A closer look at Safer Caring and an update on a risk sensitive approach.

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Bristol Support Group (Introducing Inspire online courses)

April 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come and find out more about Inspire on-line training and support videos.  Issues covered range from compassion fatigue to dealing with different types of behaviour.

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Fostering Foundation Wessex at Devon Business Expo

April 28, 2016

The Wessex region will be exhibiting at the 2016 Devon Business Expo 2016 on Thursday 28th April at the Matford Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter. Please come and see our stand and enjoy what promises to be a really exciting and rewarding day. There are over 150 exhibitors including ourselves and over 1000 delegates expected, so there will be plenty of opportunity for you to do business too just as a delegate. There will be Speed Networking Sessions, Seminars and Workshops, Cookery…

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Sexualised Behaviour Training

April 28, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 2:45 pm

Caring for Children and Young People who display Sexualised Behaviour Training: Professionals need to understand what constitutes normal sexual development in order to understand what is usual developmental sexual expression and what is harmful sexual behaviour. There are many ‘Looked After Children’ who display inappropriate sexualised behaviours and they do this for a myriad of reasons. This specialist courses explores the reasons why some children and young people behave in this way, including sexual abuse, domestic violence and the implications…

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Wessex Carers Training- Working with teenagers workshops – Workshop 2

April 28, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

As part of our training program for 2016 we have developed a brand new series of training workshops for our carers on working with teenagers. Theses six workshops have been developed to provide our carers with the support and resources to enable them to confidently work with their teenagers and young people at a time when lots of changes are occurring. Workshop 2 – 28th Apri This session will cover carer's identity (change of role) changes in teen identity impact…

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May 2016

Wessex Carers Skills to Foster Refresher training

May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training programme we are running a Skills to Foster Refresher training session on Wednesday 4th May at Collumpton Community Centre.

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Andrew Lister Consultation

May 9, 2016 @ 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist, any situations they would like to look at.    

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New Carer Training

May 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Essential Training for new carers. For carers to share their experiences of their first placement, to look at strategies using PACE and to explore in more detail expectations of their role.

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Equality and Diversity Training

May 11, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This training session is being provided by Rebecca Dowley who is one of our carers and will focus on the following criteria: What is Equality and Diversity? Relevance of Equality and Diversity in Fostering. Equality and Diversity and the Law.

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Wessex Carers Training- Working with teenagers workshops – Workshop 3

May 12, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

As part of our training program for 2016 we have developed a brand new series of training workshops for our carers on working with teenagers. These six workshops have been developed to provide our carers with the support and resources to enable them to confidently work with their teenagers and young people at a time when lots of changes are occurring. Workshop 3 – 12th May sexual health development of relationships how to talk about sex

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KIDZ Group Early Teens

May 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A support group for Looked after children aged 13+. The group will be looking at producing the next Kidz magazine and lunch will be included. This is a fun session and includes a specific learning theme and consultation about how the young people see the fostering foundation.

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Wessex Team @ Junction 24 Boot Fair & Market

May 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Members of the Wessex team will be present with a stand at the Boot Fair & Market 9am-12pm. Off Junction 24 of the M5. https://junction24ltd.co.uk/events-conferencing/ Entry and car park is free. Pop along and say hello to the team.

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Wessex Support Group

May 18, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Women’s Support & Consultation Group

May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Activity – Taking Care of yourself (TBC)

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Wessex Foster Care Fortnight Picnic

May 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

To celebrate Foster Care Fortnight the Wessex team have invited their carers and young people to enjoy a picnic and participate in creating a 20-minute tree that will record "my favourite 20 minutes of the last year were...." This is in recognition of the  statistic that every 20 minutes across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family.  

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Training for Respite Carers

May 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Providing respite care can be a minefield. It requires understanding of the dilemmas facing children and the strategies they use to cope. A chance to unpick the challenges of providing respite care.

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Wessex Carers Training- Working with teenagers workshops – Workshop 4

May 25, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

As part of our training program for 2016 we have developed a brand new series of training workshops for our carers on working with teenagers. These six workshops have been developed to provide our carers with the support and resources to enable them to confidently work with their teenagers and young people at a time when lots of changes are occurring. Workshop 4 – 25th May the virtual world impact on behaviours habits dangers and helping teenagers manage their own risk…

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Men’s Support /Consultation Group

May 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A chance for men who foster to come together for support and to discuss ideas they may have for developing the Fostering Foundation Service.

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Fostering Fortnight – Duck Race

May 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fostering Fortnight is almost upon us! In celebration of this the Fostering Foundation South West will be holding a Duck Race at 4.30pm on Friday 27 May 2016, on the Canel in Tavistock Park. Please come along and meet the team and find out more about what we do. If you would like to join us for the race we will be meeting at 4.00pm by the Band Stand in Tavistock Park and we hope to see you there. Please note that car…

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June 2016

Young People’s Panel – 2 June 2016

June 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Fostering Foundation South West held its Young People's Panel on 2 June 2016 and the day really helped the staff to make important decisions in relation to future Foster Carers. The staff really listened to our young people and took on board their comments and feelings following their meetings with prospective carers. These important and relevant comments form part of the assessment and help to decide whether candidates will continue through to the Adult Panel. The Fostering Foundation recognises the importance of listening to…

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Support Group – Bristol

June 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie Welsford.

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Drugs and Alcohol Training

June 8, 2016 @ 9:45 am - 12:45 pm
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Wessex Carers Training- Working with teenagers workshops – Workshop 5

June 9, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

As part of our training program for 2016 we have developed a brand new series of training workshops for our carers on working with teenagers. These six workshops have been developed to provide our carers with the support and resources to enable them to confidently work with their teenagers and young people at a time when lots of changes are occurring. Workshop 5 – 9th June current issues and fears question & answer session for carers

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Andrew Lister Consultation Session

June 13, 2016 @ 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist, any situations they would like to look at.

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Record Keeping

June 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Strategies for Managing Behaviour (1)

June 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Inspire training presents Day 1 of this 2 day training course on understanding the child’s behaviour – essential for all foster carers and SSW’s.

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Strategies for Managing Behaviour (2)

June 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Inspire Training Day 2. Developing the strategies to address behaviour – essential for all foster carers and SSW’s.

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Wessex Carers Training- Working with teenagers workshops – Workshop 6

June 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

As part of our training program for 2016 we have developed a brand new series of training workshops for our carers on working with teenagers. These six workshops have been developed to provide our carers with the support and resources to enable them to confidently work with their teenagers and young people at a time when lots of changes are occurring. Workshop 6 – 23rd June independence - preparing your teenager

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Longleat 2016

June 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Carers and Staff from the Bristol Office had an amazing time at their Family Fun Day in Longleat.   We were entertained by a unicyclist who had a strange choice in headgear.   The weather cleared up a bit so that some of us could have a picnic lunch.     There were a lot of cheeky monkeys around.   We all look forward to our next visit!  

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Bristol Family Fun Day

June 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Just to remind everyone that our Fun Day for carers and young people will be held on 2nd July from 12.30 to 4 pm. Ring the office for details.  We will have a bouncy castle and a pull bull this year plus our usual, excellently cooked BBQ food. Fingers crossed the weather brightens up a bit, well at least hope it does not pour down! We moved the date of this event from June to July this year due to our previous…

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Wessex Carers – Child Protection Training

June 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run: Child Protection (Safeguarding for foster carers – level 2) · What is child abuse and neglect? · Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect. · Normal child development · Maintaining a child focus · What to do in response to concerns · Documentation and sharing of information regarding concerns · Using the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their…

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July 2016

Conscious Parenting Course – The Fostering Foundation South West Office

July 6, 2016 @ 9:30 am - July 7, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

We are very excited about the forthcoming Conscious Parenting Course - Helping children who have suffered developmental trauma and show attachment difficulties. The course which is held over 3 days (6 and 7 July and 23 November 2016) is being provided to our Foster Carers by Richard Reddington who is an Independent Social Worker and Trainer. Offered to adoptive parents, foster carers, residential care, schools and anybody who works with children and families designed with the specific intention of building a safe and secure relationship…

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Sexual Health

July 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This is the first time we have facilitated a course run by the Social Care Hub and it would be great to see a good turnout.  This course will:  increase your knowledge and understanding of sexual health issues affecting young peopl help you identify the services that can support children and young people help you recognise best practice models in promoting sexual health help you develop engaging ways of working with young people around sexual health, sexuality and relationships

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FREE Skills to Foster Training – The Fostering Foundation South West Office – 26, 29 and 30 September 2016

July 14, 2016

FREE ? – YES FREE TRAINING! The Fostering Foundation are recruiting NOW and we are offering potential foster carers the opportunity of attending Skills to Foster training. This training will help participants to better understand the complexities of fostering as well as the rewarding nature of this work. WHEN? Monday 26, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September (yes it is a 2 and half day course!) WHAT TIME? Monday and Thursday 10.00 until 4.00 and Friday 1000 until 1.00 WHERE?…

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Support Group – Wiltshire

July 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preparation for the summer holidays! Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situation with Debbie Welsford.

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Kidz Group

July 16, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The group will be looking at producing the next Kidz magazine and lunch will be included. This is a fun session and includes a specific learning theme and consultation about how the young people see The Fostering Foundation. The time of this event is to be confirmed.

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Wessex Support Group

July 20, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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August 2016

Wessex Skills to Foster Course

August 1, 2016 - August 3, 2016

As part of the preparation for prospective foster carers to begin their fostering career, the Fostering Foundation provides a Skills to Fostering course, as a mandatory part of their assessment. The course aim is to inform prospective foster carers of the different aspects of fostering, including why children need foster homes, the impact of abuse and neglect on a child’s development and behaviours, how to support a traumatised child, working with professionals, reporting and recording and safer caring.    

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Wessex Team at Honiton Show

August 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tomorrow members of the Wessex team will be hosting a stand at the Honiton Show. Come by and say hello, we're in the Members Mall on stand 82    

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Young People’s Panel – 9 August 2016

August 9, 2016

Our next Young People's Panel has been arranged for 9 August 2016 and we are looking forward to it being another successful day.

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WOLF Pack – Cornwall Crealy (Activity Day)

August 11, 2016

A fun filled day planned at Crealy Adventure Park for the WOLF Pack!!

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The Fostering Foundation South West – Coffee Morning – Thursday 18 August 2016 – 10.00am – 1.00pm

August 18, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

We are a friendly and highly professional team and we all share a passion to achieve a good future for children as well as first-class support for carers. We are currently recruiting foster carers to look after children between 10-16 years & Parent & Child Assessment in the South West: Plymouth & Cornwall. Are you able to relate to young people? Do you have a good sense of humour? Are you non-judgemental? Do you have good communication skills? Are YOU…

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SQUAD Group – 22 August 2016 – Brunch and Paddle Boarding

August 22, 2016

A fun filled day is planned with our SQUAD Group on the water learning how to paddle board! We are really looking forward to this activity and we are sure it will be a great day.  

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EXTREME Team – 23 August 2016 – Team Games and Paddle Boarding

August 23, 2016

Our EXTREME Team have a packed day of Team Games and Paddle Boarding planned which we hope will be a great day learning new skills and having fun!

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September 2016

Positive Intervention & Conflict Management Training – Tuesday 6 September 2016 (Day 1)

September 6, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This training will provide our carers with the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of aggressive outbursts should they arise.

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ANDREW LISTER CONSULTATION SESSION

September 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist, any situations they would like to look at.

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SUPPORT GROUP – WILTSHIRE

September 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie Welsford.

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First Aid Training – Wednesday 14 September 2016

September 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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PARENT AND CHILD SUPPORT GROUP

September 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A chance for carers who provide Parent and Child arrangements to come together for support.

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BRISTOL SUPPORT GROUP CONSULTATION- KEYNSHAM GARDEN CENTRE

September 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This group will be consulting with carers on how to improve the Bristol Support Group. Please come along and share your ideas of how best we can support you.  

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Wessex Support Group

September 21, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Plymouth Support Group – Wednesday 21 September 2016 – 11.00 – 2.00

September 21, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Cornwall Support Group – Wednesday 21 September 2016 – 11.00 – 2.00

September 21, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Skills to Foster – 26, 29 and 30 September 2016

September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 30, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
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WOMENS SUPPORT GROUP

September 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We thought we would arrange something a bit different for the womans group this September.  Come and join us at Cribbs Causeway during Bristol Fashion Week.  What a great excuse to get out of the house, a bit of a treat and a chance to catch up with other carers.

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BRISTOL – MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT COFFEE MORNING

September 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Fostering Foundation Bristol are raising money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.  This is a chance to support a worthy cause and find out about fostering at the same time.  This event will take place on Thursday 29th September between 10 am and 12.

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Global Centre and Wessex Foster Carers Lunch

September 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - October 10, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

Foster Carers from the Wessex team are meeting with members of the Global Development Centre in Exeter for a joint lunch to find out more about each other and our communities.

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October 2016

Equality and Diversity Training – Tuesday 4 October 2016 – 10.00 – 2.00

October 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Anti-Radicalisation training

October 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - October 10, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

The Wessex regions are offering a new course to the carers on Anti-Radicalisation This course, developed by Martine of Dialogue, and a police officer in the public protection unit, focuses on building confidence and knowledge towards awareness, identification and early action where children are targeted or vulnerable to radicalisation.  Define the meaning of radicalisation, terrorism and extremism  Look at the ways in which individuals are radicalised by both people around them and online  Look at the reasons…

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Positive Intervention & Conflict Management Training – Tuesday 11 October 2016 (Day 2)

October 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This training will provide our carers with the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of aggressive outbursts should they arise.

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MENS ACTIVITY

October 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A chance for men who foster to practice their golf strokes at the driving range in Frenchay, Bristol.  Come along if you are experienced, or novices like the two Jims, who would be grateful for any tips.  Lunch at a local café will follow.

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ANDREW LISTER CONSULTATION SESSION

October 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Andrew Lister is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in working with  looked after children.  His Consultation sessions provide foster carers and their supervising social workers with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister situations, issues and ideas for working with young people.

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PACE Training

October 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

The Wessex regions are providing a training course on PACE. PACE Playfulness Acceptance Curiosity Empathy PACE is a way of thinking, feeling, communicating and behaving that aims to make the child feel safe. It is based upon how parents connect with their very young infants. As with young toddlers, with safety the child can begin to explore. With PACE, the troubled child can start to look at them self,  and let others start to see them, or get closer emotionally. They…

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WOLF PACK – Wednesday 26 October 2016

October 26, 2016

Eden Project - Ice Skating

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The Fostering Foundation Southwest – Children’s Groups – October Half Term

October 26, 2016 - October 27, 2016

Can you believe it's almost half term week already?! We have arranged for our Children's Groups to take part in Survival Skills Training during the half term and think the children will really enjoy learning new skills. Fingers crossed the sunshine come out!

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SQUAD Group – Survival Skills – Thursday 27 October 2016

October 27, 2016

   

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Wessex team at Costa Coffee, Clarks Village, Street, Somerset

October 27, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

On Thursday 27th October the Wessex team are having an information stand at Costa Coffee, Clarks Village, Street, Somerset from 9.30am - 5.00pm. Come along for a chat and a coffee and find out a little bit more about fostering. You can call the team 01884 211 816 to book a slot or just pop in.  

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November 2016

SOCIAL NETWORKING AND YOUNG PEOPLE

November 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This session will look at the pros and cons of today’s technology and how foster carers can support young people use the internet, social networking sites and mobile phones safely.

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Relationship Based Play

November 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

The Wessex region are offering a training course for its carers on Relationship Based Play. Relationship Based Play is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent/carer and child and is personal, physical, and fun.    

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Drugs and Alcohol Training – Monday 9 November 2016 – 9.45 – 12.45

November 9, 2016 @ 9:45 am - 12:45 pm
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Wessex Support Group

November 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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SUPPORT GROUP – BRISTOL

November 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie Welsford.

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KIDZ GROUP 16+

November 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A support group for looked after young people aged 16+ who are experiencing transitions and approaching independence. Times TBC

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ANDREW LISTER CONSULTATION SESSION

November 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist, any situations they would like to look at.

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Record Keeping Training

November 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Record keeping in an essential part of being a foster carer but it doesn't have to be an onerous task. The Wessex region are running a training course on what records need to be maintained and why and how best to manage these appropriately and efficiently as a foster carer.    

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CHILD PROTECTION

November 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Child Protection is mandatory training for all foster carers.  This means that carers must attend a training session about Child Protection on or prior to approval and then every 3 years.

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Wessex Male Carers Support Group

November 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

The second meeting of the Wessex Male Carers Group is taking place on Wednesday 16th October 10.30-1.30pm at Exeter Middlemoor Fire Station.    

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Male Carers Support Group – Thursday 17 November 2016 – 11.00 – 2.00

November 17, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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SKILLS TO FOSTER COURSE – Session 1 of 3

November 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Who Anyone who is interested in fostering with The Fostering Foundation can attend this course.  You will need to read our become a foster carer page  to make sure you have initial information about fostering and meet our general requirements to become a carer. You then need to contact us with some basic details so that we can book you a space.  If you have a friend who is interested in fostering then please let them know this course is running. What This is a…

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The Fostering Foundation South West – Christmas Card Competition 2016

November 21, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

We are currently running a Christmas Card competition for our children and young people and the entries are looking very impressive indeed! The closing date for entries from our children and young people is 8 December and prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The winning card will then be printed and used as our official Fostering Foundation Christmas Card which is quite special! We are really looking foward to receiving all the beautiful cards.

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SKILLS TO FOSTER – Session 2 of 3

November 21, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Who Anyone who is interested in fostering with The Fostering Foundation can attend this course.  You will need to read our become a foster carer page  to make sure you have initial information about fostering and meet our general requirements to become a carer. You then need to contact us with some basic details so that we can book you a space.  If you have a friend who is interested in fostering then please let them know this course is running. What This is a…

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SKILLS TO FOSTER – Session 3 of 3

November 22, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Who Anyone who is interested in fostering with The Fostering Foundation can attend this course.  You will need to read our become a foster carer page  to make sure you have initial information about fostering and meet our general requirements to become a carer. You then need to contact us with some basic details so that we can book you a space.  If you have a friend who is interested in fostering then please let them know this course is running. What This is a…

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Conscious Parenting Course – Day 3 (Final Day) – 23 November 2016

November 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

We are looking forward to the third and final day of the Conscious Parenting Course! Find out more at:  https://www.consciousparenting.org.uk

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The Fostering Foundation South West – Tavistock Christmas Tree Festival – 25 November – 4 December 2016

November 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - December 4, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

We are very excited to be taking part in the Tavistock Christmas Tree Festival this year which is being held at: St Eustachius' Church 5a Plymouth Road Tavistock Devon PL19 8AU It will be the eigth Christmas Tree Festival for Tavistock and our tree will be one of 60 trees being decorated by participants to reflect their business or organisation. We are really looking forward to decorating our Fostering Foundation tree and it would be lovely if you could pop…

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Wessex team at Costa Coffee, Clarks Village, Street, Somerset

November 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

On Tuesday 29th November the Wessex team are having an information stand at Costa Coffee, Clarks Village, Street, Somerset from 9.30am – 1.00pm. Come along for a chat and a coffee and find out a little bit more about fostering. You can call the team 01884 211 816 to book a slot or just pop in.

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December 2016

CONTACT

December 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A training session looking at the issues around contact for both children and foster carers.  This session will be run by Debbie Welsford who has first hand experience and knowledge of the issues around contact.

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FOSTER CARER CHRISTMAS MEAL

December 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Come along for an evening out of the house.  Relax and enjoy a meal on us as a way of saying thank you for all you have done in the past year and celebrate Christmas.  We are hoping to book the Riverside Inn again this year as it has proved to be a very popular venue.

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SUPPORT GROUP – BRISTOL

December 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie Welsford.

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SUPPORT GROUP – WILTSHIRE

December 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie Welsford.

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FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY – BRISTOL

December 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come and party with everyone at The Fostering Foundation Bristol.  Meet Father Christmas and his helpful elf.  Dance the afternoon away with the bubble disco and take part in the limbo challenge.  See you there

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Independence Training

December 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This training will look at how carers can begin to start the process of helping young people become more independent and prepare for adult life.

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EXTREME Team – Eden Project – Ice Skating – Monday 19 December 2016

December 19, 2016

Christmas ice skating fun!

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The Fostering Foundation – Teddy Bears Group – Tuesday 20 December 2016 – The Nativity Play, Pennywell Farm

December 20, 2016
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January 2017

SUPPORT GROUP – BRISTOL

January 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources with Debbie Welsford facilitating.

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FIRST AID TRAINING

January 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

All approved foster carers are required by NMS 6.7 to attend First Aid Training once every three years.  Please check with your SSW/Mandy when you need to attend.

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BOUNDARIES IN THE FOSTERING ROLE

January 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

How to let off steam! Looking at issues of power, professionalism, support, the foster carers role and boundaries between child or parent and carer.

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Wessex Carers Child Protection & CSE Training 26th January 2017

January 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run by Dialogue:         Child Protection (Safeguarding for foster carers – level 2) · What is child abuse and neglect? · Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect. · Normal child development · Maintaining a child focus · What to do in response to concerns · Documentation and sharing of information regarding concerns · Using the Framework for the Assessment…

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Wessex Carers – Skills to Foster training January 2017 – Day 1

January 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

The Skills to Foster course is the leading pre-approval training course for prospective foster carers in the UK. The Skills to Foster focuses on preparing participants for fostering, ensuring that they know what it will mean for them. The standard pre-approval training course is divided into seven sessions covering core skills and knowledge: What do foster carers do? Identity and life chances Working with others Understanding children in foster care Safer Caring Transitions My family fosters (workshop for sons and…

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February 2017

SUPPORT GROUP – WILTSHIRE

February 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources with Debbie Welsford facilitating.

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Wessex Carers Equality & Diversity Training 3rd February 2017

February 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run: Equality and Diversity Training The Fostering Foundation opposes any form of discrimination against any individual or group on grounds of race, gender, religion, disability, age, status, or sexual orientation.  The aim of the Equality and Diversity training is to refresh knowledge and raise awareness of equality and diversity in the context of foster care and working with children and young people.  The…

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Wessex Carers – Skills to Foster training January 2017 – Day 2

February 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

The Skills to Foster course is the leading pre-approval training course for prospective foster carers in the UK. The Skills to Foster focuses on preparing participants for fostering, ensuring that they know what it will mean for them. The standard pre-approval training course is divided into seven sessions covering core skills and knowledge: What do foster carers do? Identity and life chances Working with others Understanding children in foster care Safer Caring Transitions My family fosters (workshop for sons and…

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Wessex Carers Support Group

February 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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ANDREW LISTER CONSULTATION

February 8, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

Andrew Lister - DDP trained therapist 9.15 - 11 Session 1:  Individual sessions for carers 11.00 - 1.00 Session 2: Oppositional Behaviour - Group session

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KIDZ GROUP

February 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

To be held sometime over the half term week - Date and time to be confirmed A Support for LAC aged 15+.  The group will be looking at producing the next Kidz magazine and lunch will be included.  This is a fun session and includes a specific learning theme and consultation about how the young people see the fostering foundation.

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The Fostering Foundation South West – Extreme Team – Meal Planning and Cooking Skills with the Cornish POD

February 16, 2017
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Wessex Carers Anti Radicalisation training 23rd February 2017

February 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

This course, developed by Martine of Dialogue, and a police officer in the public protection unit, focuses on building confidence and knowledge towards awareness, identification and early action where children are targeted or vulnerable to radicalisation.  Define the meaning of radicalisation, terrorism and extremism  Look at the ways in which individuals are radicalised by both people around them and online  Look at the reasons people join groups such as ISIS  Methods used by radical groups to…

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RECORDING

February 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The bane of our lives – How can we make it easier and more meaningful?

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Wessex Carers First Aid Training

February 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of the ongoing training program Wessex carers are being offered a First Aid training course run by Triangle Training. This is part of the mandatory training required by The Fostering Foundation

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March 2017

HOW TO BUILD ATTACHMENTS

March 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Aimed at all carers. Come along and find out more about what attachment is, it's importance, how to build attachment and maintain it when the going gets tough. This course will be facilitated by Sarah Naish. Most of you will have attended a course by,or heard of Sarah.  Sarah has 16 years therapeutic parenting experience with the five children she adopted.  

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Bristol Team at Costa Coffee Emersons Green, Bristol

March 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Bristol team will be at Costa Coffee Emersons Green, Bristol on the first Friday of each month 10am-12noon.   They would love you to pop by and say "hi" and have a chat about fostering. See you there!

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SUPPORT GROUP – BRISTOL

March 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue to be confirmed Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources with Debbie Welsford facilitating.

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Caring for Separated and Trafficked Children Training

March 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Foster Carers – Support Workers Free interactive four-hour course Caring for Separated & Trafficked Children Are you a foster carer? Are you an accommodation support worker? Register your interest now by emailing training@ecpat.org.uk to attend this FREE course! Under the new Immigration Act 2016, the government has the power to require local authorities to cooperate in the transfer of unaccompanied migrant children from one local authority to another. Therefore, it is vital that across England practitioners have the knowledge and…

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SUPPORT GROUP – PARENT AND CHILD

March 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Support group for carers offering parent and child placements J & D S are kindly hosting this group

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Carer Training – Understanding & Managing Sexuality Problematic Behaviour

March 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:35 pm

Tuesday 25th April Threthorne Golf Course The course for carers is an exploration of the causes of sexually problematic behaviour in Looked after Children. The role of trauma in sexually challenging behaviours. Key features of healthy and unhealthy sexualised behaviours. Understanding Age appropriate sexualised  behaviours. Managing sexualised behaviours. Monitoring behaviours. Therapeutic interventions. This 2 day intensive course meets the requirements of the Training, Support and Development Standards for foster care: 1.2,3.1, 3.4, 3.5 , 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.6, 5.7 ,…

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ANDREW LISTER CONSULTATION

March 15, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

9.15 - 11.00 Staff consultation 11.30 - 1.00 Individual carer sessions (please book through office) Andrew Lister – Clinical Psychologist with expertise in working with looked after children

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SONS AND DAUGHTERS GROUP

March 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

An opportunity for sons and daughters of foster children to meet and share their experiences with each other whilst also having some fun.

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Managing Behaviours Part 1

March 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

The Fostering Foundation are offering a new course to its foster carers called Managing Behaviours run by Helen Turner at Stair Consultancy. The summary of the training is Day 1  Positive Intervention/Holding Break-a-way and disengagement techniques Day 2 - Conflict Management Content: Policy, guidance, law Learn the skills for effecting behaviour Change What sustains violence? Develop team/ Interpersonal skills Identifying triggers Strategies individual. Practical Management of an Aggressive outburst

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Child Protection & Safeguarding Training

March 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Thursday 23rd March,  St Austell Conference Centre This course explores current issues in the safeguarding of children providing an up to date view of current safeguarding issues, including forced marriage, female genital mutilation, children’s trafficking and gangs. Foster carers will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the ever changing world of safeguarding children and the implications it has for them as front line child protectors. This 1 day course meets the requirements of the Training, Support and Development Standards…

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Wessex Male Carers Support Group

March 24, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

The next meeting of the Wessex Male Carers Group will be held on Wednesday 1st March 10.30-13.00 in the Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station, Exeter

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Managing Behaviours Part 2

March 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

The Fostering Foundation are offering a new course to its foster carers called Managing Behaviours run by Helen Turner at Stair Consultancy. The summary of the training is Day 1  Positive Intervention/Holding Break-a-way and disengagement techniques Day 2  Conflict Management Content: Policy, guidance, law Learn the skills for effecting behaviour Change What sustains violence? Develop team/ Interpersonal skills Identifying triggers Strategies individual. Practical Management of an Aggressive outburst

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Wessex Team at Costa Coffee Taunton

March 30, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Wessex Team will be at Costa Coffee, Fore Street, Taunton on Thursday 30th March as part of a regular event. Please drop by to have a chat about fostering or just to day "hi"

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South West Team at Costa Coffee

March 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The South West team will be at Costa Coffee in Tavistock on Friday 31st March month 10am-2pm, this is instead of their usual first Friday of the month visit which was due on 7th April. The next one will take place on Friday 5th May. Do come along and say "hi" or have a chat with the team about fostering. We hope to see you there.

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April 2017

HEIST Group Activity Day

April 4, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

The Wessex HEIST Group will be having a great day out playing Laser Tag and sharing their experiences of living in a foster family.    

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Wolf Pack Event

April 6, 2017

The South West Wolf Pack will be going to the Cornish Pod in Tavistock to carry out cooking activities such as basic food hygiene and preparation and to learn about healthy eating.

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Extreme Team Activity Group Day

April 6, 2017 @ 12:25 am - 4:30 pm

The Wessex Extreme Team members will be having a fun day out paintballing and getting the opportunity to spend some tie with other young people in care.

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Squad Group Activity Day

April 7, 2017

Members of the South West Squad Group will be meeting for a fun day of paintballing fun and to enjoy time together sharing experinces of living within a fostering family  

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Bristol Team at Costa Coffee Emersons Green, Bristol

April 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day First of the month, repeating until January 5, 2018

The Bristol team will be at Costa Coffee Emersons Green, Bristol on the first Friday of each month 10am-12noon.   They would love you to pop by and say “hi” and have a chat about fostering. See you there!

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Wessex Easter Egg Hunt

April 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Wessex carers and young people will be meeting at a secret location to track down the Easter eggs that have been hidden for them by the Easter Bunny! Good luck everyone

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KIDZ Group

April 8, 2017

The Bristol team are holding an activity day for their young people. There will be a workshop on the theme of respect for women and relationships, followed by a visit to the golf driving range.

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Easter Egg Hunt for Bristol carers and young people

April 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Bristol carers and young people will be meeting up for an Easter Egg Hunt. All the carers and young people are invited to come along and get involved in Easter themed activities. Hot dog lunch will be provided!

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Andrew Lister Consultation Sessions

April 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Andrew Lister is a DDP trained therapist who meets with the carers in the Bristol area for a group session and workshop.   9-11am Group Session 11am-1pm Oppositional Behaviour Workshop Please let your supervising social worker know if you wish to attend.

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Carers Training – Sexual Development and Sexually Harmful Behaviours

April 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This training session for carers will help to identify healthy ad unhealthy relationships. There will also be tips on how carers can open communications with young people about sexual health.

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New carer training

April 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Bristol office is running this training session which includes essential information and help for new carers.

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South West Team at Tavistock Pannier Market

April 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The South West team will be at Tavistock Pannier Market ready to answer any questions you may have about fostering

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May 2017

Carer Support Group Wiltshire

May 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Joint Carer Support Group Plymouth & Cornwall

May 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Bristol Foster Bake

May 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

As part of the Fostering Foundation’s celebrations of Foster Care Fortnight the Bristol office will be having a Foster Bake stall at Trowbridge Park on Wednesday 10th May from 10am - 2pm. They will be giving away a free slice of cake with information about fostering. Come by and say hello.

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Carer Support Group Wessex

May 10, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Wessex Team at Costa Taunton Thursday 11th May

May 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

As part of the celebrations for Foster Care Fortnight the Wessex team will be at Costa Coffee, Fore Street, Taunton on Thursday 11th May 9am -12 noon. Why not pop along and say hi and find out a bit more about fostering.

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Foster Bake South West

May 12, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

As part of the Fostering Foundation’s celebrations of Foster Care Fortnight the South West office will be having a Foster Bake on Friday 12th May  3.30 – 5.30pm at Plymouth Hoe. There will be tea and cake available but all our carers and young people are invited to bring a Bake Off contribution for the table. If you are stuck for inspiration there are some recipes available at https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/fundraise/ways-fundraise/foster-bake which include Lemon & lime poppy seed drizzle cake by Lorraine…

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Wessex Foster Bake

May 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As part of the Fostering Foundation's celebrations of Foster Care Fortnight the Wessex office will be having a Foster Bake on Friday 12th May 4-5pm. There will be tea and cake available but all our carers and young people are invited to bring a Bake Off contribution for the table. If you are stuck for inspiration there are some recipes available at https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/fundraise/ways-fundraise/foster-bake which include Lemon & lime poppy seed drizzle cake by Lorraine Pascale, celebrity baker and care leaver…

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Skills to Foster training

May 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - May 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

We are holding our Skills to Foster Course which consists of three days training over three consecutive days. The dates  are Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, and Wednesday 17th May at our offices at Swallow Court. The course is required as part of the assessment process and will give you a good insight into the role of the foster carer and the needs of the children you may look after as a foster carer. Below is a breakdown of the sessions…

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Food and Nutrition training for carers

May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This course is part of the mandatory training that all carers need to take, and is available to all of our carers throughout The Fostering Foundation.

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Women Carer’s Support/Consultation Group

May 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Male Carer’s Support Group Bristol

May 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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THRIVE training

May 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We are running a training session on Tuesday 23rd May “Thrive at Home for Long-term Foster Carers” 10am -2.45pm at Little Silver, The Exeter Scouts HQ, on Marsh Barton The course will cover Introduction to the THRIVE model Information on how it is used How and why the intervention is measured Time for activities that support children and young people at various stages of social and emotional interruptions  

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Andrew Lister Consultation Group Session & Workshop

May 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Andrew Lister Consultation Group session followed by Workshop - Impact of contact on Carers & Young People 9 -11 Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, clinical psychologist, any situations they would like to look at 11-1 Workshop looking at the impact of contact on Carers & Young People

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Record Keeping

May 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Record keeping in an essential part of being a foster carer but it doesn’t have to be an onerous task. The training course covers what records need to be maintained and why and how best to manage these appropriately and efficiently as a foster carer.

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Wessex Rebels Activity Day

May 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

One of our young people's support groups.

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KIDZ Group

May 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

One of our young people's support groups.

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June 2017

Carer Support Group Wessex

June 6, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Carer Support Group Bristol

June 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Recruitment stand at Sainsbury’s Taunton

June 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Members of the Wessex team will be holding a recruitment stand at Sainsbury's Hankridge Farm Superstore, Taunton on Tuesday 13th June to celebrate Carers Week 2017. We will be there from 9am - 2pm. See you there

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Positive Intervention

June 13, 2017 @ 9:45 am - June 14, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
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Supporting young people who cope using self-injury

June 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

This day will include input on: - What is self injury, and what is it not - Why do young people use self-injury - The relationship between early trauma and self-injury - What are our own reactions to it and why is it important to understand those - How can we best support young people and help them to keep safe - Managing risk - Discussion of real life cases and carers own examples

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Andrew Lister Consultation Sessions

June 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Andrew Lister Consultation Sessions Group session followed by Workshop Carer Fatigue & Blocked Care 21st June 9 -11 Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, clinical psychologist, any situations they would like to look at 11-1 Workshop looking at Carer Fatigue & blocked Care

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Parent & Child Placements

June 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

An introduction to Parent & Child placements and the different requirements for this type of placement.

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Equality & Diversity

June 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This training is part of the ‘Mandatory’ training that all foster carers are asked to attend. Equality and Diversity Training The Fostering Foundation opposes any form of discrimination against any individual or group on grounds of race, gender, religion, disability, age, status, or sexual orientation.  The aim of the Equality and Diversity training is to refresh knowledge and raise awareness of equality and diversity in the context of foster care and working with children and young people.  The objectives are…

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Safer Caring

June 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

A closer look at Safer Caring and an update on a risk sensitive approach.

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July 2017

First Aid Training

July 6, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 2:30 pm

As part of our on-going mandatory training program we are running First Aid training for carers.

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Contact training for carers

July 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Understanding attachment and the impact of early trauma

July 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

“Understanding attachment and the impact of early trauma, and putting this into practice in supporting young people” This training would include input on: Day 1: - Attachment theory - Attachment patterns and how they present, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood - The impact of early trauma, including an overview of neurodevelopment - Hidden and expressed needs and what these mean for carers - The need for safe base (children) and safe harbour (adolescents) - Practical examples and opportunities to…

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Understanding attachment and the impact of early trauma

July 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

“Understanding attachment and the impact of early trauma, and putting this into practice in supporting young people” This training would include input on: Day 1: - Attachment theory - Attachment patterns and how they present, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood - The impact of early trauma, including an overview of neurodevelopment - Hidden and expressed needs and what these mean for carers - The need for safe base (children) and safe harbour (adolescents) - Practical examples and opportunities to…

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August 2017

Wessex team at Honiton Show 3rd August

August 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Wessex team will be at the Honiton Show on 3rd August, 8am - 6pm so pop along and say hello. Our stand is in the Members Mall #69.

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South West and Wessex Extreme Teams Activity Day

August 2, 2017

Members of our South West and Wessex Extreme Teams are joining together to enjoy a fun day out at a Theme Park.

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South West Extreme Team

August 15, 2017

The South West team are taking the Extreme Team on an activity day coasteering.

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South West Summer Event

August 18, 2017

On Friday 18th August the South West team will be hosting their Summer Event for their carers and young people.

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Bristol Summer Event

August 24, 2017

On Thursday 24th August the Bristol team will be hosting the summer activity day for their carers and young people.

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September 2017

South West Wolf Pack activity day

September 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

As part of our regular support programme our young people get to go on exciting activity days.

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Carers Support Group Bristol

September 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Coffee and Cake with the South West Team

September 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The South West team are holding a coffee morning in their new Tavistock office on 8th September 11am - 1pm. Come along and say hello and enjoy good company, conversation and coffee and cake.

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Coffee and Cake morning in Tavistock

September 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

On Friday 8th September the Tavistock office is holding a coffee and cake morning, 11am-2pm,  for members of the public to pop in and have an informal chat about fostering. Hopefully we'll see you there.

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Parent & Child Support Group Bristol

September 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

A chance for carers who provide Parent and Child arrangements to come together for support.

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Fostering Teenagers – Rewards & Challenges

September 19, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 2:30 pm

A  training session for carers and the specific rewards and challenges that fostering teenagers brings.

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Carer Support Group Wiltshire

September 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Andrew Lister Consultation and Workshop Bristol

September 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Consultation sessions, providing foster carers and their SSW with the opportunity to explore with Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist, any situations they would like to look at. This will be followed by a workshop on bullying.

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Carer Training – Child Protection & Child Sexual Exploitation

September 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run by Dialogue:         Child Protection (Safeguarding for foster carers – level 2) · What is child abuse and neglect? · Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect. · Normal child development · Maintaining a child focus · What to do in response to concerns · Documentation and sharing of information regarding concerns · Using the Framework for the Assessment…

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October 2017

Carers Support Group Wessex

October 3, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Therapeutic Panel Training

October 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Carers Support Group Plymouth

October 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Male carers support group Wessex

October 11, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Managing allegations training for foster carers

October 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

An opportunity to explore how carers manage allegations and the process involved.

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Foster carers support group Cornwall & Plymouth

October 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Foster carers consultation evening Bristol

October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A chance to give us your ideas on how we can improve and develop our service.

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Wessex Children Activity Day

October 24, 2017

A fun day has been arranged for the young people in the Wessex area where they will be enjoying Clip n Climb fun and lunch!

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South West Wolf Pack activity day

October 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

As part of our regular support programme our young people get to go on exciting activity days. The South West Wolf Pack team will be on an iBounce adventure.

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Sons and Daughters

October 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The sons and daughters of the Wessex carers are being treated to a fun afternoon at the Exeter Chiefs ground Sandy Park. They will have a VIP tour followed by activities. A huge thank you to The Exeter Chiefs for helping to celebrate the vital contribution our carers' sons and daughters make. Every October the Fostering Network runs a Sons and Daughters Month: Celebrating the Foster Family, a campaign to celebrate the significant contribution of children of foster carers to successful foster…

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South West Extreme Team activity day

October 25, 2017

As part of our regular support programme our young people get to go on exciting activity days. The South West team will be on a Segway Adventure.

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Bristol Trick or Treat Costume Party

October 26, 2017

The Bristol office are looking forward to having fun with their Fostering families at their halloween party

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First Aid for carers

October 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

As part of the ongoing training program carers are being offered a First Aid training course run by Triangle Training. This is part of the mandatory training required by The Fostering Foundation

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November 2017

First Aid for carers

November 9, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 2:30 pm

As part of the ongoing training program carers are being offered a First Aid training course. This is part of the mandatory training required by The Fostering Foundation

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Child Protection and Safeguarding

November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - November 21, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Mandy Parry, an Independent Child Protection Consultant, has been invited to the Bristol office to deliver training on Child Protection and Safeguarding issues. This will  include recognising the signs of child sexual exploitation and Prevent, the Government’s programme for protecting children from radicalisation.  Participants can look forward to a really informative evening on Wednesday 15th November, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

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Carers support group Somerset

November 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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December 2017

Bristol Carers Christmas Meal

December 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An evening for carers to kick back and relax and celebrate an early Christmas meal with the team.

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Carers support group and Christmas meal South West

December 7, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

An opportunity for carers to meet up and discuss their experiences, followed by a lovely Christmas lunch.  

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Wessex Carers Christmas Lunch

December 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Wessex carers and staff will be enjoying a well-earned Christmas lunch on 7th December 2017.  

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Family Christmas Party Bristol

December 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Christmas party for our young people, their carer and family to celebrate the festive season.

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Carers Christmas support group Bristol

December 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Carers Christmas support group Bristol

December 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Wessex Open Day

December 13, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for coffee and cake at our Wessex office neat Tiverton on Wednesday 13th December 11am - 2pm. Come and say hello and find out about fostering from our friendly team.

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South West Squad Group activity day

December 19, 2017

As part of our regular support programme our young people get to go on exciting activity days. The Squad group will be snow boarding.

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January 2018

Carer Support Group Wiltshire

January 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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February 2018

Bristol Women’s Support Group

February 6, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Opportunity for our female foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Digital Wellbeing Dialogue Training

February 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm

Join us for Digital Wellbeing Dialogue Training Thursday 8th Feb at 10.00-2.45pm Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station, Exeter

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Carers Support Group Cornwall

February 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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February Children’s Party Wessex

February 13, 2018
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February Bristol Kidz Group

February 13, 2018
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Extreme Team Wessex & Tavistock event

February 15, 2018
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The Children’s Pledge day

February 15, 2018
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South West Children’s Party

February 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The South West will be holding their annual children's party on 16th February, with the help of Magic Mike.  

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Male Carers Support Group Bristol

February 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact us for more information about this event. Venue and time TBC Phone: 0117 9673744

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Bristol Male Carers’ group

February 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for Bristol Male Carers’ group on  Tuesday 20th February 2018. We are off to the Bath City –v- Welton Rovers football match and all male carers are invited. All those attending will have central stand tickets with access to the TR Hayes Premier Lounge before and after the match as well as at half-time. We’ll be meeting at the ground at 7pm for the 7:45pm kick-off. Get in touch to book your place.

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Carers Support Group Wessex

February 22, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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How to use PACE effectively Day 1

February 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

A two day training programme looking at how to use PACE effectively, as part of therapeutic parenting. Run by Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychiologist

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March 2018

Foster Carers guide to Contact

March 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

To explore the complexities of helping children and young people manage contact with their birth families. A training session looking at the issues around contact for both children and foster carers.  This session will be run by Debbie Welsford who has first hand experience and knowledge of the issues around contact. Held at the Trowbridge Hub

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Wessex Open Day

March 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

We are holding a drop in event at our offices on 6th March 11am - 2pm.  Pop in if you'd like to chat to us about Fostering.

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Strategies to Manage Behaviours

March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:35 pm
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The trainers assist participants to relate the training to real life events and problems and to implement strategies which have proved effective. Includes De-escalation strategies as required under the new NMS (fostering). A key message is empowering parents and carers to lessen the effects of Secondary Trauma. Join us at Middlemoor Fire Station in the Community Room on 14th and 15th March from 10-2.45pm. Contact us to find out more: 03300 10 20 45

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Carer Consultation

March 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us on 15th March at our Tavistock Office from 10:30am to 12:30pm. This consultation day is an opportunity for carers to meet with the staff, and to feedback on how we do things.  The focus is to improve on what we do and how we work together.  There will be specific issues that we will be looking at to canvas opinion and we are asking carers for any suggestions beforehand.

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Skills to Foster

March 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

We are running a Skills to Foster training course from Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd March at our Tavistock Office. Times TBC, please get in touch to book your place. 03300 10 20 45 About the course: The Skills to Foster course is the leading pre-approval training course for prospective foster carers in the UK. The Skills to Foster focuses on preparing participants for fostering, ensuring that they know what it will mean for them. The standard pre-approval training course is…

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Carers Support Group Wiltshire

March 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Parent and Child Foster Carers Support Group

March 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us at Cornwall FA Bodmin for Parent and Child Foster Carers Support Group. A chance for carers who provide Parent and Child arrangements to come together for support. Tuesday 27th March 11am - 2pm  

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April 2018

Young People’s Panel

April 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Fostering Foundation South West continues to promote that our young people’s views are represented as fully as possible. The ‘Young Peoples Panel’ is an exciting development which was successfully established by the Fostering Foundation in 2014 where the young people of the Fostering Foundation were offered the opportunity to become Young Peoples Panel members. The Young Peoples’ Panel is one way of ensuring that young people have a voice that is heard within the fostering assessment process of new…

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Carers Support group Bristol

April 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Wessex Tea & Cake Drop In

April 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wessex Office, Suite 2, Swallow Court, Devonshire Gate
Tiverton, EX16 7EJ United Kingdom

Join us for our a cuppa and a piece of cake on 17th April from 11am to 2pm.

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How to use PACE effectively Day 2

April 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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A two day training programme looking at how to use PACE effectively, as part of therapeutic parenting. Run by Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychiologist

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Male Carer Support Group Wessex

April 18, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Join us for Wessex Male Carers’ group on Wednesday 18th April 2018. Community room at Middlemoor Fire Station 10.30am to 1.oopm.

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Child Protection Training and CSE with Dialogue

April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run by Dialogue: Child Protection (Safeguarding for foster carers – level 2) What is child abuse and neglect? Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect. Normal child development Maintaining a child focus What to do in response to concerns Documentation and sharing of information regarding concerns Using the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families: Own safeguarding roles and…

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First Aid Triangle Training

April 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom

First Aid Triangle Training 10.00-2.45 Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station, Exeter As part of the ongoing training program carers are being offered a First Aid training course run by Triangle Training. This is part of the mandatory training required by The Fostering Foundation

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Carers Support Group Wessex

April 26, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
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This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers. Join us at the Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station

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Fostering Network Tax Workshop

April 27, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Join us on 27th April from 10:30 to 12:00 for our 'Fostering Network Tax Workshop' from FosteringNetwork on income tax for foster carers. Brought to you by Fostering Network.   

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May 2018

Carer Consultation (Wessex)

May 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Little Silver Activity & Training Centre, 9 Ashton Rd
Exeter, Exeter EX2 8LN United Kingdom

Join us for our Carer's Consultation at Little Silver Scout Centre on Tuesday 1st May from 12pm to 2pm. This consultation is an opportunity for carers to meet with our Team Manager Annette, and to feed back on how we do things. We shall be focussing on improving on what we do and how we work together.  There will be specific issues that we will be looking at to canvas opinion and we are asking carers for any suggestions beforehand.…

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Carers Support Group Wiltshire

May 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Hub, Trowbridge, The John of Gaunt School
Trowbridge, BA14 9EH United Kingdom

Join us for our Carers Support Group for the Wiltshire area on Monday 14th May at The Hub, Trowbridge from 10-12pm.

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Carers Support Group Plymouth

May 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

Join us at our Tavistock office for our carers support group.  This is a chance for you to chat about everything fostering, and to have a cuppa with us.

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Wessex tea and cake drop in

May 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wessex Office, Suite 2, Swallow Court, Devonshire Gate
Tiverton, EX16 7EJ United Kingdom

Pop into our Wessex office for a cuppa and a cake (or two!) and have a chat about anything fostering.

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Wessex carers and young people picnic

May 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate Foster Care Fortnight with a picnic - Venue to be confirmed. 4pm to 7.30pm

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Introduction to Therapeutic Parenting

May 17, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

Join us on 17th May for an Introduction to Therapeutic Parenting at 10.30 to 2pm.

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First Aid Triangle Training

May 22, 2018 @ 9:45 am - 2:30 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

In the Training Room at our Tavistock office. As part of the ongoing training program carers are being offered a First Aid training course run by Triangle Training. This is part of the mandatory training required by The Fostering Foundation

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Bristol Team at Frome Market 9am-3pm

May 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Frome Independent Market, 5 Palmer Street
Frome, BA11 1DS United Kingdom

The Fostering Foundation will have a stall just outside the Library during Frome Market on Wednesday 23rd May between 9am and 3pm. Come along to meet Estelle and Gemma and find out more about fostering.

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Fostering Foundation at Morrisons Tavistock

May 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Morrisons Tavistock, 128-130 Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 9DS United Kingdom
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Members of the South West team will be available to talk to about fostering and Foster Care Fortnight, join us 9am-12pm.

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Wessex Open Evening

May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wessex Office, Suite 2, Swallow Court, Devonshire Gate
Tiverton, EX16 7EJ United Kingdom

Join us for our open evening on 23rd May from 4pm to 7pm. Pop in for a cuppa, a cake and a chat.

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Fostering Foundation Panel Meeting

May 24, 2018
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom
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Sexual Development & Sexually Harmful Behaviours

May 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bristol Office, 74a Regent Street
Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8JA United Kingdom

Run by The Brook Training Team this training will cover: Identifying healthy and unhealthy relationships. Tips of how carers can open communication with young people about sexual health

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June 2018

First Aid Training

June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bristol Office, 74a Regent Street
Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8JA United Kingdom

As part of the ongoing training program carers are being offered a First Aid training course. This is part of the mandatory training required by The Fostering Foundation.

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PACE Training with Dr Emma Greatbatch

June 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom
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The Wessex region is providing a training course on PACE for professionals for its staff PACE Playfulness Acceptance Curiosity Empathy PACE is a way of thinking, feeling, communicating and behaving that aims to make the child feel safe. It is based upon how parents connect with their very young infants. As with young toddlers, with safety the child can begin to explore. With PACE, the troubled child can start to look at them self,  and let others start to see them, or…

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Wessex team at Sainsbury’s Taunton

June 14, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom
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As part of Carer's Week members of the Wessex team will be hosting an information stall as the Sainsbury's store Hankeridge Farm, Taunton between 9.30 and 1pm.  

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Carers Support Group Bristol

June 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wyevale Garden Centre, Hicks Gate
Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2AD
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Join us for our Carers Support Group for the Bristol area on Thursday 14th June at Wyevale Garden Centre, Keynsham from 10-12pm.

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De-escalation training

June 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bristol Office, 74a Regent Street
Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8JA United Kingdom

Run by Inspire Training at the Bristol Office 10-2pm. Looking at strategies to de-escalate challenging and unsafe behaviours and techniques of safe handling.

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Male Carers Group Tavistock

June 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for our male carers group (Tavistock) - venue is TBC, so watch this space!

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Wessex Support Group

June 27, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom

Join us for Wessex Support Group on 27th June from 10:30 to 2pm. It's a chance to get together and discuss anything Fostering. Community room at Middlemoor fire station.

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders Training

June 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

The course content includes: What is ASD? How it affects individuals Fostering and ASD Strategies and advice

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July 2018

Bristol Parent and Child Support Group

July 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Support group for carers offering parent and child placements

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Harmful Sexualised Behaviour Training

July 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom
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Thursday 5th July 2018, Tavistock Office, 10:00am to 3.30pm This is being provided by Amy Winters who works for Be Safe in Bristol and previously for the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. She advises of the following: By the end of the session participants will have: • Been introduced to research around prevalence of harmful sexual behaviour • Discussed identification and risk factors • Explored assessment options • Discussed responding to the problem and safety planning

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Bristol Summer Fete

July 8, 2018 @ 12:00 am - 4:00 pm

An opportunity for everyone to get together and enjoy a fun day out.

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Frome market

July 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Frome Market, Cattle Market Car Park
Frome, BA11 1BE United Kingdom
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Members of the Bristol Team will be running an information stall at Frome Market on Wednesday 11th July. Pop by to find out more about fostering.

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Adolescent risk

July 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom

Dialogue Training 10.00-2.45 Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station, Exeter Martine Osmond, has over 20 years’ social work experience from work in prison as a Drugs/HIV worker on through to The Children's Society managing services across Child Sexual Exploitation, Runaway's & Substance Misuse. In 2013 she gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on localised child grooming. In the same year she was shortlisted for an award by the National Working Group for sexually exploited children (NWG) for her…

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Wessex Open Evening

July 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wessex Office, Suite 2, Swallow Court, Devonshire Gate
Tiverton, EX16 7EJ United Kingdom

Join us for our open evening on 11th July from 4pm to 7pm. Pop in for a cuppa, or cheese and biscuits.

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Carers Support Group Wiltshire

July 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Hub, Trowbridge, The John of Gaunt School
Trowbridge, BA14 9EH United Kingdom

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie. Being held at The Hub, Trowbridge, 10am-12pm

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Carers Support Group Cornwall

July 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornwall FA, Callywith Gate Industrial Estate
Launceston, Bodmin PL31 2RQ United Kingdom

Join us for our Carers Support Group Cornwall at Cornwall FA, Bodmin on Tuesday 17th July from 10:00 to 12:00.

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Safer Caring in a Digital World

July 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bristol Office, 74a Regent Street
Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8JA United Kingdom
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Exploring the knowledge, you and your young person have regarding internet safety. Looking at both the benefits and challenges, the digital world brings. Bristol Office 10am-1pm

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Carers Support Group Cornwall

July 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cornwall FA, Callywith Gate Industrial Estate
Launceston, Bodmin PL31 2RQ United Kingdom

This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers.

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Recruitment event at Rivo in Chippenham

July 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rivo Lounge, 2-4 The Bridge
Chippenham, SN15 1EX United Kingdom
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Members of the Bristol team will be in Chippenham on Thursday 19th July 11am - 2pm. They will be at the Rivo Lounge, The Bridge. Chippenham,  SN15 1EX Come along and enjoy a coffee and chat in this lovely neighbourhood café. Rivo Lounge @Rivolounge  

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Skills to Foster

July 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - July 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Wessex Office, Suite 2, Swallow Court, Devonshire Gate
Tiverton, EX16 7EJ United Kingdom
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We are running a Skills to Foster training course from Wednesday 25th– Friday 27th July at our Wessex office. Times 9-4pm (Wednesday & Thursday) 9-12.30pm (Friday), please get in touch if you are interested in attending. 01884 211 816 About the course: The Skills to Foster course is the leading pre-approval training course for prospective foster carers in the UK. The Skills to Foster focuses on preparing participants for fostering, ensuring that they know what it will mean for them. The standard pre-approval…

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Women’s Support Group Bristol

July 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Social event for our female foster carers

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August 2018

Honiton Agricultural Show

August 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Honiton Showground, Stockers Farm, Gittisham
Honiton, EX14 3AW United Kingdom
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Members of the Wessex team will be hosting an information stand at the 2018 Honiton Show on 2nd August 2018. Pop by and say hello to the team and have a chat. There are lots of fantastic events on during the day at the show for more information see the official website

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Young People’s Panel

August 9, 2018

Our Young People's Panel will be meeting on 9th August to meet three sets of potential new carers. The Young Peoples’ Panel is one way of ensuring that young people have a voice that is heard within the fostering assessment process of new fostering candidates. The ‘Young Peoples’ Panel’ also provides a chance to say how fostering has affected them and what might help improve future foster care. All the young people attend a one day accredited training programme prior…

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Young People’s Panel training day

August 28, 2018

We are having a training day for new members of our Young People's Panel on 28th August The Young Peoples’ Panel is one way of ensuring that young people have a voice that is heard within the fostering assessment process of new fostering candidates. The ‘Young Peoples’ Panel’ also provides a chance to say how fostering has affected them and what might help improve future foster care. All the young people attend a one day accredited training programme prior to…

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September 2018

Child Protection and CSE

September 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom
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As part of our ongoing training and support package to our carers the following course is being run by Dialogue: Child Protection (Safeguarding for foster carers – level 2) The course covers: What is child abuse and neglect? Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect Normal child development Maintaining a child focus What to do in response to concerns Documentation and sharing of information regarding concerns Using the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families Own…

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Safer Caring Training

September 18, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom
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This training course is part of our mandatory training package for foster carers. This course aims to give foster carers the knowledge they need to prevent, recognise and get the right treatment for secondary traumatic stress disorders and to assess and manage risk and work as part of a team to provide safer caring.

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Attachment Disordered Child and Therapeutic Parenting (PACE) in real life

September 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom
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This course is being run by Inspire Training over two days and includes topics such as: Day 1 Different strategies for different children How the children we care for differ from securely attached children. Why 'normal' behavioural schemes do not work. Preventative strategies & Recognising triggers How can we prevent some of the more difficult behaviours from starting? Why do some behaviours affect me more than others? Save yourself the hassle! Strategies for taming the amygdala, cortisol and stress. Different…

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Attachment Disordered Child and Therapeutic Parenting (PACE) in real life

September 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom
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This course is being run by Inspire Training over two days and includes topics such as: Day 1 Different strategies for different children How the children we care for differ from securely attached children. Why 'normal' behavioural schemes do not work. Preventative strategies & Recognising triggers How can we prevent some of the more difficult behaviours from starting? Why do some behaviours affect me more than others? Save yourself the hassle! Strategies for taming the amygdala, cortisol and stress. Different…

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October 2018

Wessex Support Group

October 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom

Join us for the Wessex Support Group on 3rd October 10.30 - 2pm.

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Carers Support Group Wessex

October 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom
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This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues/ concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers. Join us at the Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station  

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Digital Wellbeing Training

October 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

This course run by Dialogue Training covers topics such as: Identifying the issues which might affect young people online Identifying particular areas of risk for young people and the factors which increase their vulnerability Recognising that social media and the use of technology is now an integral part of young people’s lives today Learning how to keep young people safe online and enable them to benefit from the use of technology Knowing where to go for information and support Learning…

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Carers Support Group Plymouth

October 11, 2018
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

Opportunity for foster carers to come together and share experiences, explore ideas for managing situations and exchange resources. This is always an informal event where foster carers and staff can discuss any issues / concerns they are experiencing as well as catching up with other foster carers. Time TBC

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First Aid Training

October 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom
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As part of the on-going training program carers are being offered a First Aid training course being run by Triangle Training . This is part of the mandatory training required by The Fostering Foundation.

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Equality & Diversity training

October 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Middlemoor Fire Station, Middlemoor Fire Station
Exeter, EX2 7AP United Kingdom
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L.A. training will be providing our Equality & Diversity Training for the Wessex carers, which is one of our mandatory training courses The course aims are: To explore the importance and effect of equality, diversity and identity for children and young people in foster care or who have been adopted, and to understand the effects of discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping; taking into consideration the legal framework and relevant legislation.  

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Wiltshire Support Group

October 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Squirrels Tea Room, Southwick
Trowbridge, United Kingdom

Opportunity for Foster carers to come together and share experiences, exchange ideas and explore ideas for managing situations with Debbie Welsford.

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November 2018

Carers Support Group

November 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

Join us at the Tavistock Office for our Carers Support Group on Friday 2nd November. Times: 11am to 2pm

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Open Evening 6th November

November 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wessex Office, Suite 2, Swallow Court, Devonshire Gate
Tiverton, EX16 7EJ United Kingdom

Interested in becoming a foster carer? Wessex office are offering an open evening on 6th November from 4 – 7pm, with refreshments, cheese and biscuits, tea and coffee. This is an opportunity to meet with staff to discuss fostering and the role of the foster carer. If you would like to attend, can you email info.wessex@fosteringfoundation.co.uk to register your interest and we will get back to you. We look forward to meeting you.  

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Managing Violent Behaviour in the Home training

November 15, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

Join us for Managing Violent Behaviour in the Home training on Thursday 15th November at our Tavistock office from 9.30am to 3.30pm Course provider - Dynamis Training. Course content is as follows - Non-escalation:  Verbalisation skills for dealing with common situations without escalating them. De-escalation in high-risk conflict or crisis situations. Duty of Care:  Discussing how to balance safety for the child, for the parents and the other children at home. Government Guidance:  What is expected by the national authorities who advise…

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Safer Caring Training

November 30, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
South West Head Office, 46 – 47 Brook Street
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HE United Kingdom

This training course is part of our mandatory training package for foster carers. This course aims to give foster carers the knowledge they need to prevent, recognise and get the right treatment for secondary traumatic stress disorders and to assess and manage risk and work as part of a team to provide safer caring. Time 10am to 2.30pm Safer Caring and Managing Allegations To achieve a greater understanding of the need to balance risk and gains for a child’s developmental experience To…

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