Halton schoolchildren have been using their creative skills to help raise awareness of the need for foster carers in the borough.

At the start of the year the Halton fostering team launched a competition for primary schools, asking pupils to draw their favourite place. The aim of the competition was to softly introduce the topic of fostering in a creative way and raise awareness about the need for foster carers in the area.

Halton foster carers and staff visited every primary in Halton to drop off packs and have been overwhelmed by the response.

A special mention goes out to the following schools for their support and participation: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary School, The Brow Primary School, Westfield Primary School, All Saints Primary School and Brookvale Primary School, who submitted a combined total of 89 entries!

1st place is awarded to Isla Loughran-Hankinson from The Brow.
2nd place is awarded to Eva Donoghue from Brookvale.
3rd place is awarded to Gracie O’Malley from The Brow.

A special recognition also goes out to Bella Coady from Brookvale who scored the highest out of year 3 and 4 entries.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board member for Children, Education and Social Care, Cllr Tom McInerney, said “I think it’s really important to open up discussion about fostering and to raise awareness in our community, so I’m thrilled to see so many schoolchildren getting stuck into this project. The entries featured plenty of interesting and familiar favorite places, and I’m sure the winning drawings will look fantastic on the new fostering posters in primary schools.”

Winners will each receive vouchers and their drawing will be designed and printed to make a school friendly fostering poster.

If you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer with Halton Borough Council you can visit foster4.co.uk call 0800 195 31 75 or attend a Become a Foster Carer Information Session in Runcorn or Widnes. The next session is Tuesday 17 March, 6pm, Kingsway Leisure Centre, Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7QH.