FCA Helps Heroes At Local Spring Jamboree

FCA, the UK’s leading Independent Fostering Agency, held a spring event at its North East regional office in Chester-le-Street at the end of March to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity which was set up in 2007 to assist persons who are currently serving or who have served in the armed forces along with their dependants.

Over 80 people attended the jamboree including FCA staff, foster carers and looked after children. A selection of stalls including traditional cake sales, auctions, a raffle and tombola were available at the event which raised around £600 for the Help for Heroes charity.

Taking the opportunity to thank foster carers for their on-going dedication, FCA proudly presented long service awards to carers who have been with the agency for five and ten years consecutively.

Mick Austin, Area Manager for FCA North East was really pleased with the turnout on the day and said: “There was a real atmosphere at the event and the generosity and enthusiasm of staff and foster carers encapsulates the spirit of the North East team.

“We hold a jamboree twice a year and it’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the hard work of foster carers and the positive outcomes they achieve with the children and young people they look after.”

Events like this one in the North East serve to support awareness of fostering as a potential career for those who can offer their home and a sense of security to a vulnerable child or young person in need. With a current national shortage of foster carers in the UK reaching 10,000, recruitment of foster carers is an important step towards improving the outcomes of looked after children and young people.

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Aboriginal Jobs Together Partnership Announces Traineeships And Cadetships In NSW Care Sector

Aboriginal job seekers can now apply for a range of training and job opportunities in the disability services sector as part of the National Disability Services – Aboriginal Jobs Together partnership initiative.

This project supports the placement of 155 Aboriginal Trainees and Cadets with individual pre-employment and vocational training support, while building the capacity of non-government organisations in the disability and community services sector to employ Aboriginal people.

NDS is the national peak body for disability services, representing 700 non-government organisations nationally. Through the Aboriginal Jobs Together partnership, NDS has been working with its members throughout NSW to develop and increase the availability, level of training and jobs in the NSW disability services sector.

In NSW, the rate of Aboriginal unemployment is currently more than four times the rate of non-Aboriginal job seekers. Through dedicated Aboriginal Regional Coordinators, NDS is working closely with all partner organisations to develop innovative localised approaches to support these exciting employment opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers.

Dylan Reynolds, Indigenous Programs Manager at National Disability Services – Aboriginal Jobs Together, said the initiative provides a vital connection between employers, Aboriginal job seekers and disability service providers.

“Today’s advertisement of traineeship and cadetship positions with 30 providers will increase Aboriginal employment, help build a more culturally diverse workforce and better support Aboriginal people seeking disability services,” he said.

“Successful trainees will receive individual assistance in making the transition into training and building skills for turning training into future employment. Aboriginal people will emerge from this traineeship prepared for promising and fulfilling careers, and obtain certificate qualifications recognised by the NSW Department of Education.

“The disability sector provides an ideal opportunity for learning new skills as part of a dedicated team making a difference in people’s lives. More than 26,000 people work in community and disability support in NSW and demand is growing.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from employers ready to close the gap in Aboriginal employment, with more than 282 expressions of interest for trainee positions across NSW.

“I encourage all Aboriginal job seekers to visit our Aboriginal Jobs Together website for more details on starting a new and rewarding career today,” he said.

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