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Staffordshire's Poets Laureate Emily Rose Galvin & Lily Massey

Staffordshire’s Poets Laureate back Foster Care Fortnight

Staffordshire’s Poets Laureate have joined forces through the power of poetry to promote this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign.

Emily Rose Galvin, aged 29 from Lichfield and Staffordshire’s Young Poet Laureate, Lily Massey aged 16 from Baddeley Green, have both written poems as well as a set of stand-alone couplets in support of the campaign.

Foster Care Fortnight which started on 13 May is highlighting the urgent need for more foster carers and through their poems, the duo hopes to get more people to consider fostering.

The poems and couplets entitled ‘Family’, explore family life and the complex emotional journeys it takes people on.

People are also being invited to write their own poem about what family means to them and to share it on the Fostering Service’s Facebook page.

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:

“It’s great that our Laureates are using their creative talents to help to promote this year’s Foster Care Fortnight.

“Fostering is an emotional journey for both foster carers and foster children, and poetry is a great way of capturing those feelings, which Emily and Lily have done beautifully.

“Changing a future is the theme for this campaign and we hope that by showing people the difference that foster carers can make to a young person’s life, the more people will come forward. If you’ve ever considered fostering yourself or you know someone who has, then please get in touch with the service.”

Throughout the fortnight, Staffordshire’s foster carers will also be joining a series of promotional Roadshows calling in at the following towns between 10am and 2pm:

  • Monday 20 May, Outside St. Edithas Church, Tamworth
  • Tuesday 21 May, Cheadle (back of Barclays)
  • Wednesday 22 May, Stone High Street (outside B&M)
  • Thursday 23 May, Market Square, Cannock
  • Friday 24 May, Ironmarket, Newcastle

People can find out more about fostering with Staffordshire County Council at www.care4child.org/changeafuture or by calling 0800 169 2061

Video: Emily Rose Galvin reads her poem ‘Family’ for Foster Care Fortnight

Video: Lily Massey reads her poem ‘Family’ for Foster Care Fortnight