25 May 2018
Championship football club QPR and Kensington and Chelsea, together with its two neighbouring boroughs have today launched a partnership to help children in need by supporting a range of initiatives.
The initial focus of the partnership will be reaching out to QPR fans to raise awareness of fostering and help recruit foster carers to look after young people.
Councillor Emma Will, Kensington and Chelsea’s Lead Member for Families, Children and Schools, said: “We have built up strong links with QPR who strongly support our community and were especially generous coming forward to organise #Game4Grenfell.
“The Council welcomes this partnership, which will be a great opportunity to further help children and teenagers in need from our community.
“There are more than 400 children needing short or long-term care across Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham. Children seeking foster families include sibling groups, children aged over five, teenagers and children with a disability.
“By joining with QPR, we hope to reach new families, particularly among those who may not have previously considered fostering.
Fostering provides a child with a positive experience of family life and can help a child to develop and thrive.
There is no typical foster carer; people can be single, married, in a same-sex relationship. The main requirements are to be over 21, have a stable lifestyle and a spare bedroom.
Full training and support is provided for foster carers as well as a package of benefits and financial support. More information about how to become a foster carer can be found online: www.rbkc.gov.uk/fostering
Following the initial focus on recruiting foster carers, the partnership will focus on further supporting children in need. This will include trips to training sessions with players, holiday camps and after-school sessions, mental health programmes, and female-only training to encourage girls to play football.