A powerful new film encourages more people in Croydon to become foster carers and help vulnerable children and young people in need of a safe and nurturing home.
The film called Any Of Us highlights that many people already have the key skills and personal attributes to take on a caring, fostering role, but may not know it.
Croydon Council in partnership with councils across the country and children’s trusts collaborated to fund this ground-breaking project and create their sixth film together, with a universal message to promote local authority fostering to their residents.
The film’s storyline follows the lives of three different people and how they deal with various situations to demonstrate the range of instincts that are fundamental to being a foster carer.
Ayesha goes to the aid of a pedestrian after a minor road accident, Neil calms down an aggressive incident in a snooker club, and Marsha identifies a young person showing signs of distress and intervenes to help at their school.
The film develops to show how one of these three everyday people will become the foster carer to Chloe and make a positive difference to her life.
Croydon needs more foster carers to support children in the borough and is looking for residents who have a passion for caring for young people, in particular: teenagers, sibling groups, children with disabilities and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
Croydon foster carers are given comprehensive training, support and a generous allowance.
“This important new film has a powerful message at its core that tells us anyone with the capacity to care can foster a child or young person and offer a safe place they can call home. We need more people to come forward and become foster carers in Croydon. I encourage anyone considering fostering to get in touch with our team to find out how to start your journey.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon