Christmas is almost here and whilst it’s a time for joy and celebration, sadly some will be relying on local food banks to ensure they can get everyday essentials and items to be able to cook basic meals for families over the festive period. We know that there are others in desperate need of help in our local community and we are always willing to lend a helping hand, especially at Christmas.

That is why we decided to contact the Blackpool Foodbank, Fylde Foodbank and Spacious Place Foodbank in Burnley and requested a list of items they are in need of the most. The list included items such as cereals, pasta sauces, canned foods, biscuits, sanitary products and toiletries (toothpaste/toilet rolls etc.) and much more. The team then kindly went shopping and filled trolley loads of items and are planning to deliver them over the next few days.

Thank you to our wonderful team for helping to spread joy and happiness and on behalf of everyone here at Excel Fostering, we’d like to wish you all a merry Christmas as and a happy New Year.

Excel staff have created a song as part of its campaign to increase the numbers of foster carers registered with the independent fostering agency.

The song Santa Stop Here, serves as a reminder that during the holiday season many children will be feeling anxious and worried, either because they will have been placed with a new foster family, which can be quite daunting, or in many cases have not been able to be placed with a family due to the shortage of foster carers.

The Department of Education recently released a report detailing the number of children looked after in England and stated that there’s over 75,000 children in care, with 13,220 of these children residing in the North West of England.

The latest figures show that there are 533 children and young people in the Blackpool local authority area who are in need of a home.

Staff are passionate about building brighter futures and foster carers have an important role to play to help provide support that allows them to change the lives of these children in care and would encourage anyone thinking about fostering to come forward.