Competition celebrates super hero foster carers

Published on: Friday, 08-January-2016

The fantastic work of foster carers was explored by children at a Kirkby school who used art to explore what makes ‘Kirkby care’.

As part of Knowsley Council’s campaign to recruit more carers to look after local children in need of a foster family, the children at Kirkby C of E Primary took part in an art and writing competition to express what a foster home means to a child.

Kirkby C of E pupil Milly Perry, 10, pictured with Cllr Steff O’Keeffe and her winning design in the Knowsley Super Hero Foster Carers competition

Kirkby C of E pupil Milly Perry, 10, pictured with Cllr Steff O’Keeffe and her winning design in the Knowsley Super Hero Foster Carers competition

The resulting entries were insightful, poignant, and sometimes even very witty.

The competition prompted classroom discussions about fostering and the experiences of children in care – and why it is important for all children to live in supporting, loving households.

Head teacher Mair Hindmarsh said: “The children had some very interesting conversations about families and the role of foster families in our communities. They used those discussions to express their thoughts about foster carers and the experiences of children in care into artwork, poems or short stories and the results were fantastic.”

Overall winner of the competition was 10-year old Milly Perry, who received her prize in a special assembly from Cllr Steff O’Keeffe.

Cllr O’Keeffe said: “Seeing the work that the children had produced was really touching. They’d obviously given plenty of thought to what makes a foster family special and had reflected that in words or drawings.

Cllr Steff O’Keeffe with children from Kirkby C of E Primary school who took part in the fostering themed art and writing competition

Cllr Steff O’Keeffe with children from Kirkby C of E Primary school who took part in the fostering themed art and writing competition

“Foster carers are a really important part of our community and the work they do makes them true superheroes in the eyes of others. Kirkby prides itself on being a caring community and what better way to make a difference to a child’s life than by offering them a stable, supportive and loving home when they need it most.”

Other entries which were commended in the competition came from Maizie Johnstone, 5; Courtney Kendrick, 6; Ava Carney, 6; Ella Austin, 8; Lucy Ainsworth, 8; Isabelle Hagan, 9 and Joshua Connerty, 11.

For more information about becoming a foster carer for Knowsley contact 0151 443 3958 for an informal chat.

You can also find out more about Fostering for Knowsley on the council’s website www.knowsley.gov.uk (search for ‘fostering’), or on the Foster for Knowsley Facebook page www.facebook.com/FosterforKnowsley.