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Children in Care Get Their Own Space in York Park


12:28pm 22nd May 2014

Children and young people who are ‘looked after’ by City of York Council now have a special area in a York park in which to put their gardening skills to the test.

The park is not being named in order to protect the vulnerable children.

Adopted by the council’s Looked After Children Support Team and Smarter York, the wildlife area provides a haven for Looked After Children to meet their birth families, and spend time with their Foster Carers or other young people.

Helen Healey, from the Looked After Children Support Team explained: “The young people in our care have had a difficult start in life and having a peaceful area where they can go to tend plants, meet members of their birth families under supervision, or spend time bonding with their Foster Care families is vital. I’m immensely grateful to everyone who’s helped us make this possible.”

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, City of York Council, said: “The bond between Foster Carers and the young people they care for is a critical one. Foster Carers really can change the lives of the young people they support so it’s vital that they’re able spend quality time with them in a safe, calming environment. The new wildlife garden is a great space for some of our most vulnerable young people to spend quality time and strengthen new and existing relationships.”

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, City of York Council, said: “Parks and open spaces play an important role in the city, providing leisure and learning opportunities for residents of all ages. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with the Looked After Children Support Team to provide a haven for vulnerable children young people.”

To find out more about becoming a Foster Carer in York please call 01904 555333, email fostering@york.gov.uk or visit www.york.gov.uk/fostering

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