At Boulder Shack, we really value and are proud to support foster carers who provide stable homes for children who cannot live with their birth families, and warm, supportive environments for young people to thrive in.

Here’s some wonderful feedback we have received from a carer who recently came in to Boulder Shack with a child:

“The young person struggles with self-confidence and was able to really open up and give the climbing a try – he didn’t think he would be able to get to the top to go on the slide but he managed it by the end! I think his belief in himself really grew throughout the experience and it waslovely to see him give it a really good go.”

Raising the profile: Foster Care Fortnight

The UK’s biggest celebration of foster carers is coming up, from Monday 15th – Sunday 28th May.

The nationwide event is run by The Fostering Network, who report that every 20 minutes, a child in the UK goes into care.

Join us in recognising how foster care transforms lives and is #FosteringCommunities.

Approved foster carer-friendly organisation

We are thrilled that by working with Southampton City Council, we are recognised as a Fostering Supporting Business.

This means that we have additional support in place for staff wanting to become carers, plus we provide free entry to all foster carers and free shoe hire to everyone in their care.

Supporting our foster carer employees

As an employer, we grant our foster carer employees an extra 10 days of leave per year so that they can attend foster carer training and complete their carer-related duties.

Becoming a foster carer

If you are aged 21 or over, have a spare room and have childcare experience (either professionally or personally), you may be eligible for fostering.

If you are interested in fostering and would like to know more, go along to Southampton City Council’s drop-in fostering information events. Whether you want to hear from a foster carer about their experiences, have questions about the assessment process, or the training and support on offer, their expert team and experienced foster carers will be on hand to answer all your questions and provide valuable information and insight.